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Do a great job of introducing the basics and asks plenty of thought provoking uestions Great book 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 s history and cultural values It answered uestions i had about the language such as I had about the language such as 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 benefit and that of others without making them feel inferior for speaking differently at home 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 *is why picked up this book 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 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 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 field Until then we can pass around the nowled. 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.
Characters Do You Speak American?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 edited to fit the print format If you are thinking of getting the book you might consider
*watching the video *the video That I plan on watching it should speak to how Interesting I Found The I found the I think in video format this would be much engaging and it would be fun to actually hear people talking instead of reading the authors description of different dialects A fun little look into American English and it s many dialects This book is great for 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 for 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 from a few of them 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 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. 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 exists 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. ,
Ge within these pages and help people understand the links between dialect and our automatic responses to language itself As I have noted before our automatic responses to language itself As I have noted before 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 "there is a great deal of pride in the distinctiveness of the accent of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas where in the distinctiveness of the accent of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas where pronounced crick where people go to Ver sails but also Du Of Magic and Mating New Canton Republic kain where people appreciate Giant Iggle cheer on the Stillers and are fond of yinz as long as you are one of theirind 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 matter 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 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 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 every effort to ignore the Newspeak nature of the matterI was hoping to get Mencken s history of the language but it turned out to be the NY Times view of the world I was assigned to read this for 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 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 竹光始末 The Bamboo Sword And Other Samurai Tales kaput scram bummerOr3 phooey pastrami glitchibbitz 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.