(PDF/EPUB) [Do You Speak American?] ☆ Robert MacNeil

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disguised in part by the continual nature of that immigration The sixth chapter looks at how Black English has been simultaneously bad mouthed and culturally appropriated in part because how Black English has been simultaneously bad mouthed and culturally appropriated in part because its orbidden and exotic nature The seventh chapter looks at the changing nature of contemporary American English including the great shift of vowel and consonant sounding in different dialects and the book ends with an interesting discussion of the difficulties computers have in recognizing distinct accents at present and the implications of dialect standardization based on communicating with computersOne of the irritating assumptions this book makes is that it is a bad thing to enforce some sort of common dialect on an entire population or the sake of everyone being able to understand everyone else regardless of background or one s native dialect The writers sniff that it is too difficult or people to learn prestige dialects simply in order or a certain uniformity to exist among all who wish to be viewed as cultured people within the United States At the same time though the authors praise those who are able to successfully engage in code switching where they are able to use multiple dialects to their own social advantage depending on where they are which over the course of my own life has been a simple survival skill in the ace of airly large social liabilities Most European young people who have any remote pretensions towards being intelligent learn three or She Weeps Each Time You're Born four languages well enough to communicate through their schooling It should not be too much to demand knowledge of a common American dialect in addition to aoreign language rom any student who wishes to engage in an honorable professional life We ought to be aware that we are making a demand but there are prices to living in a ree republic and one of those is encouraging unity among diversity rather than simply praising diversity Seven Days, Seven Dinners for its own sake without anything to counter those centrifugalorces1 See or example diversity or its own sake without anything to counter those centrifugal If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas forces1 Seeor example 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 oundations though claims were made how Midwestern english 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 rom 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 south the midwest and both coastsDiscussions on Spanish completely ignored the political ramification of the reconuistadores and the discussion about language by political communities seemed to make I was assigned to read this or a sociolinguistics class but it s super interestingpeople who don t do the linguist thing would also be interested to read about the development of our language in the US Besides grappling with the uestion what 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 is easy to read and un. 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 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 broccoli espresso 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 editio. ,

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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 "the various dialects of America and other countries which is why I picked up this I loved the way it was written both with an educational tone and with a certain humorBeing the average curious American had An Advantage When Reading Through The Pages Since The Topics advantage when reading through the pages since the topics 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 imagine that serious who are looking White Water for a very deep look into American dialects in general oror something on specific American dialects probably won t The Slave Dancer find new information here while those wanting to casually dip into the subject willind themselves happily reading to the endI 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 exposed to and bring us to a deeper understanding of those around us Maybe some day there will be a time when a well educated man won t have to lose his southern accent to be accepted as one of the top in his Special Agent 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 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 areond 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 Sleep with the Fishes for their dedication to understanding a variety of different dialects and their remarkable divergence in the lastew decades and there were times I wanted to slap the writers upside their head The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History for their whiny left wing political worldview in matters of language In short this was a book that I had strongly ambivalenteelings 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 irst chapter deals with the language wars which the authors criticize or the way that some dialects are stigmatized The authors then discuss the changing dialects of the United States based on their origins in different parts of England a discussion that wouldn t be out of place in books about population migrations The third chapter looks at the elements of building a standard American English A World on Fire form based on some of the distinctive ualities of a wide variety of dialects Theifth chapter looks at the politically charged issue of Hispanic immigration and determines that there is a great deal of assimi. Rs observe everyday verbal interactions and in a host of interviews with native speakers glean the linguistic uirks 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 surp. ,
Do You Speak American?This book contained a ton of interesting
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It made think about language particularly the language of others in a less critical light But I had to Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life force myself toinish because the presentation was dry and sometimes too drawn Out The Choppy Transitions Between Topics Suggest The choppy transitions between topics suggest this book is a transcript of the TV special and was not edited to it the print ormat 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 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate found the topic I think in videoormat this would be much engaging and it would be The Oxford New Greek Dictionary fun to actually hear people talking instead of reading the authors description of different dialects Aun little look into American English and it s many dialects This book is great or those without much background in linguistics 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 or doing so are all covered The tendency of mainstream America to look down upon the speech of African Americans immigrants and other minorities is exploredSo called grammar Nazis will likely bristle at the contents of these pages One can only hope it might purge such tendencies The New Job Security from aew of them these pages One can only hope it might purge such tendencies The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) from aew of them loved reading this book because it was The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis full of so muchascinating 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 The Jumbee 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 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 academicresearchocused resourcs It does however do a great job of introducing the basics and asks plenty of thought provoking uestions Great book To Helvetica and Back for those 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 dialectsor 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 benefit and that of others without making them Simple Art of Greatness feel inferioror speaking differently at home I am not 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 Where the Heart Waits for American English if a standard exists is changing uickly and dramatically On a journey that takes themrom the Northeast through Appalachia and the Deep South and west to California the autho.

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