what is nostandard american english
The Wikipedia article on American English gives a good introduction and includes many references. I haven't read all of them. But my favorite is Mencken's The American Language. It's very old (4th ed. 1936) and in many, many ways out of date and incomplete, but it gives an absolutely clear idea about what nonstandard language is. The 1921 edition is online; read chapter I part 2, chapter IX and Appendices I and II.
Last edited by abaka; 22-Jan-2009 at 04:06. Reason: added reference to Mencken online