Is American English in decline? Are regional dialects dying out? Is there a difference between men and women in how they adapt to linguistic variations? These questions, and more, 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 quickly and dramatically. On a journey that takes them from the Northeast, through Appalachia and the Deep South, and west to California, the authors observe everyday verbal interactions and in a host of interviews with native speakers glean the linguistic quirks 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 surprise us with unpredictable responses. With insight and wit, MacNeil and Cran bring us a compelling book that is at once a celebration and a potent study of our singular language. Each wave of immigration has brought new words to enrich the American language. Do you recognize the origin of 1. blunderbuss, sleigh, stoop, coleslaw, boss, waffle? Or 2. dumb, ouch, shyster, check, kaput, scram, bummer? Or 3. phooey, pastrami, glitch, kibbitz, schnozzle? Or 4. broccoli, espresso, pizza, pasta, macaroni, radio? Or 5. smithereens, lollapalooza, speakeasy, hooligan? Or 6. vamoose, chaps, stampede, mustang, ranch, corral? 1. Dutch 2. German 3. Yiddish 4. Italian 5. Irish 6. Spanish
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 quickly and dramatically.
Author: Robert Macneil
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Did you know that your answers to just a handful of questions can predict the zip code of where you grew up? Speaking American offers a visual atlas of the American vernacular--who says what, and where they say it--revealing the history of our nation, our regions, and the language that divides and unites us.
Speaking American offers a visual atlas of the American vernacular--who says what, and where they say it--revealing the history of our nation, our regions, and the language that divides and unites us.
Author: Josh Katz
Publisher: Mariner Books
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
v.1: Contains transcripts of certain House Foreign Affairs Committee executive session hearings. Transcribed hearings are. a. International peace-keeping agency participation by U.S. June 8, 11, 1943. p. 19-70. Includes discussions of views of British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and of U.S. public opinion on such participation. b. Briefing on U.N. Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) draft agreement. July 7, 1943. p. 75-99. Includes discussions of development of multi-national war relief planning by European governments-in-exile and use of lend-lease program funds for European economic war relief. c. Italy in UNRRA aid programs. July 10, 1945. p. 101-119. Includes discussions of possible Italian economic collapse and UNRRA funding. d. U.N. participation by U.S. Dec. 7, 10-12, 1945. p. 123-211. Includes consideration of invitation to locate U.N. headquarters in U.S. e. Procurement of supplies for U.N. and other international organizations by U.S. July 14, 1947. p. 215-242. f. U.N. headquarters agreement on future N.Y.C. location and granting of certain reciprocal diplomatic privileges. July 19, 1947. p. 243-268. g. Resolution welcoming Italy's WWII liberation. Oct. 19, 1943. p. 367-382. Includes discussion of impact of resolution on U.S. relations with other wartime adversaries of Italy. h. Diplomatic relations with Italy. June 13, 1944. p. 383-392. i. Italy invited to become a U.N. member. July 10, 1945. p. 393-400. v.2: Contains transcripts of certain House Foreign Affairs Committee executive session hearings. Transcribed hearings are. a. Discussion of rescue and relief of European Jews from Nazi persecution by an international organization. Nov. 19, 23, 24, 26, Dec. 2, 1943. p. 1-247. Includes discussions of Allies' policies on Nazi genocide program, role of neutral nations in assisting Jewish and other war refugees, U.S. quotas on European and Jewish immigration, British policies on Jewish immigration to Palestine, and Allied programs for war refugee relief. c. Discussion of Jewish homeland and unrestricted immigration rights in Palestine state. Dec. 17, 1945. p. 295-361. Includes discussions of British and U.S. commitment to Balfour Declaration principles, political activities and objectives of Zionist organizations in Palestine, and European Jewish war refugee problems. d. Lend-Lease military air program extension. Feb. 8, 13, 1945. p. 383-391. Includes discussion of French and Soviet participation in the program. e. War criminals apprehension and punishment. Apr. 24, 1945. p. 413-428. Includes discussions of U.N. War Crimes Commission authority and jurisdiction, U.S. policies on apprehension of alleged war criminals in neutral countries, and the relationship between Congress and State Dept in war crime affairs. f. Eastern Europe, Soviet Union, and Middle East travel reports by Reps. Karl E. Mundt and Frances P. Bolton to U.S. military intelligence officers. Nov. 9, 1945. p. 437-463. Includes discussions of Soviet life, Soviet use of Allied Control Commission occupation authority in Eastern Europe, East European Jewish immigration to Palestine and anti-Semitism in Soviet Union and Poland, Arab anti-Zionism and Arab-Jewish tensions in Palestine; Yugoslav, Greek, and Turkish political affairs; British, French, and Soviet roles in Middle East, and the role of women in Saudi Arabia. g. German industrial plant dismantlement. Dec. 4, 16, 1947. p. 499-548. Includes discussion of German economic recovery and impact of industrial plant dismantlement and war reparations program, Inter-Allied Reparations Agency policies, and Soviet cooperation in war reparations and industrial plant dismantlement programs. v.5: Contains transcripts of House Foreign Affairs Committee and joint House-Senate conference committee executive sessions on the Mutual Defense Assistance Act of 1949. July 29, Aug. 3-5, 9-12, 15, Sept. 26, 27, 1949. v.6: Contains transcripts of House Foreign Affairs Committee executive session hearings. Transcribed hearings are. a. Mutual Defense Assistance Program of 1950. June 8, 9, 13, 14, 22, 1950. p. 7-179. Includes discussions of European mutual defense programs coordination and strategic production facilities aid requirements, Greek political affairs, and former WWII Axis powers rearmament. b. Testimony before a joint meeting with House Armed Services Committee by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower on European defense and military strategy programs. June 2, 1951. p. 267-302. c. Aid to Greece and Turkey. Mar. 25, 26, Apr. 11, 1947. p. 317-415. Includes discussions of communist guerrilla and revolutionary activities in Greece; Yugoslavian, Bulgarian, Albanian, and Soviet support for Greek communist activities; British role in Greek affairs; Soviet demands on Turkey for certain border areas and military bases at the Dardanelles; and political stability of Turkish government. d. Latin American Military Assistance. June 18, July 10, 1947. p. 471-570. Includes discussion of Canadian-U.S. mutual defense programs. v.7: Contains transcripts of certain House Foreign Affairs Committee executive session hearings. Transcribed hearings are. a. Philippine military aid program. June 7, 1946. p. 11-33. b. Nationalist China military aid program. June 19, 26, 1946. p. 109-142. Includes discussions of support for Nationalist Chinese in civil war against Communist forces, possible conflict of aid program with U.N. Charter provisions, and repatriation of Japanese forces still in China. c. Nationalist China aid provisions for Foreign Assistance Act. Feb. 20, Mar. 5, 9, 10, 1948. p. 159-268. Includes discussions of extent of Nationalist Chinese economic and military aid requirements due to civil war against Communist forces, military competency of Nationalist Chinese Armed Forces, Soviet activities in China, parallels between Greek and Chinese aid and political affairs, and economic aid programs for Japan, Korea, and Ryukyu Islands. d. Nationalist China economic aid and rural development programs. Mar. 4, 14, 15, 25, 28, 1949. p. 343-468. Includes discussions of loss of Nationalist Chinese control over much of mainland China to Communist forces, effectiveness of proposed programs for non-Communist controlled areas in strengthening Nationalist Chinese military and political position, and possibility of a coalition Nationalist-Communist government being organized. e. Briefing on final loss of Nationalist Chinese control over mainland China to Communist forces. Apr. 6, 1949. p. 497-534. v.8: Contains transcripts of House Foreign Affairs Committee executive session hearings. Transcribed hearings are. a. Korea Assistance Acts. June 16, 17, 20-24, 30, 1949. p. 19-326. Includes discussion of communist control in China and U.S. aid policies impact on communist expansion in Asia, withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea and military threat from North Korea, Soviet and communist Chinese relations with North Korean government, and parallels between U.S. aid programs to Greece with those to Nationalist China and South Korea. Also includes briefing on a Paris conference of British, French, Soviet and U.S. Foreign Ministers on European affairs. b. Mutual Defense Assistance Programs, 1950. June 20, 1950. p. 462-515. Focuses on aid to Philippines and Taiwan.
I asked , “ Do you speak American ? ” He said , “ Yes , I do . " I said , " That is very
nice . " So I started to speak to him in American to see how much he knew of our
language and our country . He was neatly dressed . Thanks to this country , they
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on International Relations
Category: East Asia
The Englishmen I always found paid me the compliment of saying , “ Oh ! I knew
you were American by your speech . ” When the customary traveler from the
Island said to me , “ Do you speak English ? ” I said , “ No , I speak American , but
Author: Psi upsilon
In this fully updated Fifth Edition of Intercultural Communication, author James W. Neuliep provides a clear contextual circular model for examining communication within cultural, micro-cultural, environmental, socio-relational, perceptual contexts, and verbal and nonverbal codes. The text begins with the broadest context; the cultural component of the model and progresses chapter by chapter through each component of the model. The later chapters then apply the model to the development and maintenance of intercultural relationships, the management of intercultural conflict, intercultural management, intercultural adaptation, culture shock, and intercultural competence.
Excerpt taken from Smitherman, Talkin That Talk, p. xi. 69. Richardson, E. (1998).
The Anti-Ebonics Movement: “Standard” English Only. Journal of English
Linguistics, 26, 156–170. 70. MacNeil, R., & Cran, W. (2005). Do You Speak
Author: James W. Neuliep
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
In new readings of medieval language attitudes and identities, this book concludes that multilingualism informed masculinist discourses, which were aligned against the vernacular sentiment traditionally attributed to Langland and Chaucer.
Airing in the United States in 2005, the Public Broadcasting Station series “Do
You Speak American?” institutionalized normative monolingualism. “Do You
Speak American?,” narr. Robert MacNeil, writ. William Cran and Robert MacNeil,
Author: M. Davidson
Category: Literary Criticism
What prompted me to do it I do not know , but I instantly replied in English . “ ' O , '
she said , her beautiful face lighting up , can you speak English , little girl ? ' " No ,
' I replied , ' I do not speak English . I speak American . ' “ And why do you ...
Author: John Merritte Driver
Deals chiefly with France, Italy and Spain.
No , sir , I speak American , but I understand English , you can go on . " Here at
Montpellier , the long table is filled day after day with men , prosperous , well - to -
do looking merchants , all men of business apparently . Few women seem to be ...
Author: Charles Dudley Warner
11 , 2005 , from Do You Speak American Web site : http : / / www . pbs . org /
speak / seatosea / americanvarieties / AAVE / ebonics . Public Broadcasting
Service , ( 2005b ) . Ebony + phonics . Retrieved Jul . 11 , 2005 , from Do You
Category: School management and organization
A guide to the particularities of American speech offers newcomers to the language a leg up on the vocabular, grammar, and cultural influences that distinguish American from British English. Original.
You need to know how to survive in American English, and this book will help you do it. This user-friendly guide focuses on the vocabulary that newcomers to the U.S. really need to know.
Author: Dileri Borunda Johnston
Publisher: Random House Reference
Speaking little French , I was somewhat embarrassed . But with the assurance of
an American , I called out to the dapper young French artillery officer , “ Good
morning , captain ; do you speak English ? ” “ No , I do not , ” he replied , " but I ...
Author: Anson Mills
Category: El Paso (Tex.)
Author: Uma Parameswaran
Publisher: Bangalore, India : IBH Prakashana
Category: Canadian drama
Covers basic grammar, punctuation, spelling, and idiomatic phrases of American English.
Covers basic grammar, punctuation, spelling, and idiomatic phrases of American English.
Author: Bryan A. Garner
Do you speak American ? ” asked a woman , as she cautiously approached two
Soviet men . All but nine did speak at least some English , so most of the curious
were rewarded by a friendly conversation . Later that day , organizers bused the ...
Well , I couldn't understand a quarter of it . Why can't they speak proper English ?
” Why should they ? They're not English . They are Americans , so they naturally
speak American . ” But English is their language , and they should try to use it in ...
Author: Rom Landau
Do You Speak American ? " Catholic World , CLV ( July , 1942 ) , 448 - 453 .
Bradley , Henry . The Making of English . London , 1957 . ( Originally published
1904 . ) PMLA , Brady , Caroline . " The Old English Nominal Compounds in I
Author: Elizabeth (Abell) Brinkman
Category: English language
This book explores subordinated vernacular languages in the context of African, Caribbean and US educational landscapes, highlighting the social cost of linguistic exceptionalism in these areas. It examines contravening movements towards forms of linguistic diversity and offers a comprehensive approach to language awareness in educative settings.
There are dimensions of language variation that hold broadbased , inherent
intrigue for general audiences , and we need to start by connecting language
diversity with this public ... and Do You Speak American ? in 2005 ( McNeil , 2005
Author: Jo Anne Kleifgen
Publisher: Multilingual Matters Limited
can't say that you do n't tell a lie , if was a liar . I studied Euclid when you merely
do n't tell a lie ; or that I was a boy , and since that I've you speak the truth , if you
merely been proving every thing ever since . speak the truth . For instance , John
I told the men about this, and they said the thing to do was to clear off at daybreak
and leave the train where it was. The Americans were all around us, they said,
and by now the S.S. must have withdrawn to the Danube. I asked whether we
should stay ... “Yes,” I said. “Can you speak American too?” “It's the same,” I said.
Author: Richard Kaufmann
Publisher: Viking Adult
She's a confident entrepreneur, seeking to fulfill her calling. He's a rugged rancher who longs for peace from his past. They're both about to find it all on a journey they make together in Book 1 of Old California.
Dirty skin showed at several rips and tears . The hiker glanced over at Echo Jack
and back at Merced . " Either of you speak American ? ” “ Do you speak Spanish
? " Merced asked , standing in his stirrups , towering over the man on the ground
Author: Stephen A. Bly
Publisher: Crossway Bibles