PDF or EBOOK Do You Speak American? Ý Robert MacNeil
Claims were made how Midwestern nglish is shifting vowel sounds Living here in the miidle of it all I do not hear itAn 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 nglish IT IS THE SAME IN THE A FUN LITTLE is the same in the A fun little into American English and it s many dialects This book is great for those without much background in linguistics Great book for those 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 are some dialects and 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 I 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 not dited to fit the print format If you are thinking of getting the book you might consider watching the video instead That I plan on watching it should speak to how interesting I found the topic I think in video format this would be much Doris Salcedo engaging and it would be fun to actually hear people talking instead of reading the authors description of different dialects I loved reading this book because it was full of so much fascinating information about the American English language The book provided anxcellent overview with some depth as to what the major dialects are Southern Inland Midwestern Black Chicano Twelve Days of Pleasure etc how they have been shaped historically and how they continue to shape mainstream American English The book Rs observeveryday verbal interactions and in a host of interviews with native speakers glean the linguistic uirks and traditions characteristic of Gods Choice each area Whilexamining the histories and controversies surrounding both written and spoken American English they address anxieties and assumptions that when Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye explored are highlymotional 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 surp. I was assigned to read this for sociolinguistics class but it s super interestingpeople who don t do the linguist thing would also interested to read about the development of our language in the US Besides grappling with the uestion what Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France exactly is American English is a dialect or is it a language It covers aspects of our speech such as Black English Chicano English and Regional Accents and dialectsAND it does it in a way that isasy to read and fun Although it was written in 2005 Do You Speak American is still young Camus and Sartre: The Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel that Ended It enough to be relevant It is anxcellent 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 of African Americans immigrants and
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Will Likely At The Contents Of These Pages One Can likely at the contents of these pages One can hope it might purge such tendencies from a few of them 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 uestions 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 xample 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 Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets eyes about how language should be treated and taught in America in a way thatncourages people to learn how to communicate with the standard dialect which is to their own benefit and that of others without making them feel inferior for speaking differently at home 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. Is American English in decline Are regional dialects dying out Is there a difference between men and women in how they adapt to linguistic variationsThese uestions 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 American is the tale of their discoveries which provocatively show how the standard for American English if a standard xists is changing uickly and dramatically On a journey that takes them from the Northeast through Appalachia and the Deep South and west to California the autho. ,
S well organized into chapters that flow and I think it does a nice job of showing both sides of ach of the major debates about American Language And Dialects Overall language and dialects Overall think this is a great mainstream book about the American English languageThis book does not go into as much depth as I would have liked but I don t think that was the intent of it In order to learn specifics about dialects and the constantly changing state of our language you probably need to turn to academicresearch focused resourcs It does however do a job of
Introducing The Basics Andthe basics and plenty of thought uestions 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 Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 educational tone and with a certain humorBeing 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 the subject will find themselves happily reading to thendI will happily hold out this book to anyone who is curious about American English because I think that a better understanding of language and dialect help us better understand the cultures we aren t always xposed to and bring us to a deeper understanding of those around us Maybe some day there will be a time when a well ducated man won t have to lose his southern accent to be accepted as one of the top in his field Until then we can pass around the knowledge within these pages and help people understand the links between dialect and our automatic responses to language itself. Rise us with unpredictable responsesWith insight and wit MacNeil and Cran bring us a compelling book that is at once a celebration and a potent study of our singular languageEach wave of immigration has brought new words to Runaway Wedding enrich the American language Do you recognize the origin of 1 blunderbuss sleigh stoop coleslaw boss waffleOr2 dumb ouch shyster check kaput scram bummerOr3 phooey pastrami glitch kibbitz schnozzleOr4 broccolispresso pizza pasta macaroni radioOr5 smithereens lollapalooza speakeasy hooliganOr6 vamoose chaps stampede mustang ranch corral1 Dutch 2 German 3 Yiddish 4 Italian 5 Irish 6 Spanish From the Hardcover ditio.