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Characters Do You Speak American? Summary ☆ Do You Speak American? 100 Free download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook æ Robert MacNeil 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. 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 are fond 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 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 matters of language In short this was a book that I had strongly ambivalent feelings 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 first chapter deals with the language wars which the authors criticize for 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 form based on some of the distinctive ualities of a wide variety of dialects The fifth chapter looks at the politically charged issue of Hispanic immigration and determines that there is a great deal of assimilation according to past models that has been disguised in large 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 of its forbidden 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 for people to learn prestige dialects simply in order for 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 face of fairly large social liabilities Most European young people who have any remote pretensions towards being intelligent learn three or 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 a foreign language from 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 free republic and one of those is encouraging unity among diversity rather than simply praising diversity for its own sake without anything to counter those centrifugal forces1 See for example
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Characters Do You Speak American? Summary ☆ Do You Speak American? 100 Free download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook æ Robert MacNeil 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 themFree download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook æ Robert MacNeil
Characters Do You Speak American? Summary ☆ Do You Speak American? 100 Free download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook æ Robert MacNeil 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