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Robert MacNeil Æ 9 review Do You Speak American? Free read ↠ 109 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. 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
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Robert MacNeil Æ 9 review Do You Speak American? Free read ↠ 109 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 uestionsRead à E-book, or Kindle E-pub Æ Robert MacNeil
Robert MacNeil Æ 9 review Do You Speak American? Free read ↠ 109 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