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Do You Speak American?Is American English In Decline Are Regional Dialects Dying Out Is There A Difference Between Men And Women In How They Adapt To Linguistic Variations These Questions, And , About Our Language Catapulted Robert MacNeil And William Cran The Authors With Robert McCrum Of The Language Classic The Story Of English Across The Country In Search Of The Answers Do You Speak Americanis The Tale Of Their Discoveries, Which Provocatively Show How The Standard For American English If A Standard Exists Is Changing Quickly And Dramatically On A Journey That Takes Them From The Northeast, Through Appalachia And The Deep South, And West To California, The Authors Observe Everyday Verbal Interactions And In A Host Of Interviews With Native Speakers Glean The Linguistic Quirks And Traditions Characteristic Of Each Area While Examining The Histories And Controversies Surrounding Both Written And Spoken American English, They Address Anxieties And Assumptions That, When Explored, Are Highly Emotional, Such As The Growing Influence Of Spanish As A Threat To American English And The Special Treatment Of African American Vernacular English And, Challenging The Purists Who Think Grammatical Standards Are In Serious Deterioration And That Media Saturation Of Our Culture Is Homogenizing Our Speech, They Surprise Us With Unpredictable Responses.With Insight And Wit, MacNeil And Cran Bring Us A Compelling Book That Is At Once A Celebration And A Potent Study Of Our Singular Language.Each Wave Of Immigration Has Brought New Words To Enrich The American Language Do You Recognize The Origin Of 1 Blunderbuss, Sleigh, Stoop, Coleslaw, Boss, Waffle Or2 Dumb, Ouch, Shyster, Check, Kaput, Scram, Bummer Or3 Phooey, Pastrami, Glitch, Kibbitz, Schnozzle Or4 Broccoli, Espresso, Pizza, Pasta, Macaroni, Radio Or5 Smithereens, Lollapalooza, Speakeasy, Hooligan Or6 Vamoose, Chaps, Stampede, Mustang, Ranch, Corral 1 Dutch 2 German 3 Yiddish 4 Italian 5 Irish 6 Spanish From The Hardcover Edition.

Robert Breckenridge Ware MacNeil, OC, is currently a novelist and formerly was a television news anchor and journalist who paired with Jim Lehrer to create The MacNeil Lehrer Report in 1975 MacNeil has also written several books, many about his career as a journalist, but, since his retirement from NewsHour, MacNeil has also dabbled in writing novels He attended Dalhousie University and later gr

➿ Do You Speak American? Free ➶ Author Robert MacNeil – Girlnailart.us
  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Do You Speak American?
  • Robert MacNeil
  • English
  • 15 March 2017
  • 9780385511988

10 thoughts on “Do You Speak American?

  1. says:

    I am not a linguist, but I was raised by one As a result of hearing different languages and different language dialects throughout my life, I have a love of listening to the various dialects of America and other countries , which is why I picked up this book I loved the way it was written, both with an educational tone and with a certain humor.Being the average, curious American had an advantage when reading through the pages, since the topics covered were widespread They would have to be, since the book is meant to be a companion to the PBS show and is not very long I would imagine that serious linguists who are looking for a very deep look into American dialects in general or for something on specific American dialects probably won t find new information here, while those wanting to casually dip into...

  2. says:

    I loved reading this book because it was full of so much fascinating information about the American English language The book provided an excellent overview with some depth as to what the major dialects are Southern, Inland Midwestern, Black, Chicano, etc , how they have been shaped historically, and how they continue to shape mainstream American English The book is well organized into chapters that flow and I think it does a nice job of showing both sides of each of the major debates about American language and dialects Overall, I think this is a great mainstream book about the American English language.This book does ...

  3. says:

    This book contained a ton of interesting facts It made me think about language particularly the language of others in a less critical light But I had to force myself to finish because the presentation was dry and sometimes too drawn out The choppy transitions between topics suggest that this book is a transcript of the TV special, and was ...

  4. says:

    As I have noted before on occasion, my native American accent is Western Pennsylvanian 1 , one of the dialects spoken of in this book There are some dialects, and this is one of them, that have a mixed sort of prestige Locally, and I am a witness of this, there is a great deal of pride in the distinctiveness of the accent of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, where creek is pronounced crick, where people go to Ver sails but also Du kain, where people appreciate Giant Iggle, cheer on the Stillers, and are fond of yinz, as long as you are one of their kind This particular work is a descriptivist work on the diversity of American dialects and the ways in which they are viewed by others There were times in reading this book where I cheered the authors on for their dedication to understanding a variety of different dialects and their remarkable divergence in the last few decades, and there were times I wanted to slap the writers upside their head for their whiny left wing political worldview in matters of language In short, this was a book that I had strongly ambivalent feelings about In terms of its structure and contents, this particular book is a little over 200 pages and is divided topically into eight chapters The first chapter deals with the language wars, which the authors criticize for the way that some dialects are stigmatized The authors then discuss the changing diale...

  5. says:

    A fun little look into American English and it s many dialects This book is great for those without much background in linguistics.

  6. says:

    Great book for those

  7. says:

    The book started by discussing the various regional English accents or dialects When it stayed on the topic of regionalism, the book seemed to be on some solid foundations, though claims were made how Midwestern english is shifting vowel sounds Living here in the miidle of it all, I do not hear it.An interesting discussion on Black English indicated that black English has diverged from American English as time progresses, rather than less as was previously thought Even interesting is there is no regionalism in black english It is the same in the s...

  8. says:

    This book is a great study on the language of Americans and how it changes in relation to the nation s history and cultural values It answered some questions I had about the language such as why some American dialects are rhotic while others are not and brought up some ideas that I hadn t thought about Most interesting was the section about how some non standard American dialects for example African American Vernacular English are treated by many as incorrect or lazy English, and how that affects the people who grow up speaking those dialects Reading this has helped me to open my eyes about how language should be treated and taught in America, in a way that encourages people to learn how to communicate with the standard dialect which is to their own b...

  9. says:

    Although it was written in 2005, Do You Speak American is still young enough to be relevant It is an excellent layman s introduction to the variety of language and dialect that permeates the United States What people say, how they say it, and how others perceive them for doing so are all covered The tendency of mainstream America to look down upon the speech...

  10. says:

    Super fun for linguists and non linguists alike If you are at all interested in how we Americans speak, this is a wonderful book that stands on its own The authors cover the major dialects spoken in the U.S and puts into context how they developed ...

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