Do You Speak American? Review ☆ 108 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. 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 do a great job of introducing the basics and asks plenty of thought provoking uestions
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Do You Speak American? Review ☆ 108 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. 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 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 homeRobert MacNeil ☆ 8 Free download
Do You Speak American? Review ☆ 108 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. A fun little look into American English and it s many dialects This book is great for those without much background in linguistics
- Do You Speak American?
- Robert MacNeil
- 22 August 2018