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
- 240 pages
- Do You Speak American?
- Robert MacNeil
- 15 March 2017 Robert MacNeil