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Speaking American

How Y'all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide

Author: Josh Katz

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544702522

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 1922

From the creator of the New York Times dialect quiz that ignited conversations about how and why we say the words we say, a stunning and delightful exploration of American language Did you know that your answers to just a handful of questions can reveal where you grew up? In December 2013, Josh Katz released an interactive dialect quiz in the New York Times that became the most viewed page in the paper's history. Now a graphics editor, Katz harnessed the overwhelming response to that quiz to create Speaking American, an extraordinary and beautiful tour through the American vernacular. How do you pronounce "pecan"? What do you call a long sandwich with varieties of meats and cheeses? Do you cut the grass or mow the lawn? The answers to these questions—and the distinctions they reveal about who says what and where they say it—are not just the ultimate in cocktail party fodder; they are also windows into the history of our nation, our regions, and our language. On page after page, readers will be fascinated and charmed by these stunning maps of how Americans speak as they gain new insights into our language and ourselves. For fans of Eats, Shoots and Leaves and How the States Got Their Shapes, Speaking American is an irresistible feast of American regional speech.

Speaking American

Sneakers, Hoagies, and Soda Pop--An Infographic Atlas of How America Talks

Author: Josh Katz

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

ISBN: 9780544703391

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Did you know that your answers to just a handful of questions can predict the zip code of where you grew up? In 2013 Josh Katz accumulated and visually mapped over 350,000 unique survey responses to questions about word choice and pronunciation throughout America. His dialect quiz quickly became the most viewed webpage in the history of the New York Times. InSpeaking AmericanKatz 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 our language."

How We Talk

American Regional English Today

Author: Allan A. Metcalf

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618043620

Category: Reference

Page: 206

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Provides a study of the distinctive characteristics, dialects, cultural innovations, and ethnic eccentricities of American regional English, discussing the unique qualities of language in the South, New England, and the Midwest.

Dialect Diversity in America

The Politics of Language Change

Author: William Labov

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813933277

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 8617

The sociolinguist William Labov has worked for decades on change in progress in American dialects and on African American Vernacular English (AAVE). In Dialect Diversity in America, Labov examines the diversity among American dialects and presents the counterintuitive finding that geographically localized dialects of North American English are increasingly diverging from one another over time. Contrary to the general expectation that mass culture would diminish regional differences, the dialects of Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Birmingham, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and New York are now more different from each other than they were a hundred years ago. Equally significant is Labov's finding that AAVE does not map with the geography and timing of changes in other dialects. The home dialect of most African American speakers has developed a grammar that is more and more different from that of the white mainstream dialects in the major cities studied and yet highly homogeneous throughout the United States. Labov describes the political forces that drive these ongoing changes, as well as the political consequences in public debate. The author also considers the recent geographical reversal of political parties in the Blue States and the Red States and the parallels between dialect differences and the results of recent presidential elections. Finally, in attempting to account for the history and geography of linguistic change among whites, Labov highlights fascinating correlations between patterns of linguistic divergence and the politics of race and slavery, going back to the antebellum United States. Complemented by an online collection of audio files that illustrate key dialectical nuances, Dialect Diversity in America offers an unparalleled sociolinguistic study from a preeminent scholar in the field.

American Regional Dialects

A Word Geography

Author: Craig M. Carver

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472081035

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 317

View: 8715

"Focusing on some 2,000 dialect expressions, [this book] traces cultural and historical forces that have shaped these speech regions and given them their characteristic vocabularies."--Cover.

Judgmental Maps

Your City. Judged.

Author: Trent Gillaspie

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 1250142695

Category: Humor

Page: 176

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Your City. Judged A sharp tongued and fierce witted full-color collection of maps of America’s greatest cities in all their brutally honest glory. When you move to a new city you look at a map to get you where you need to be, but a Google Map of San Francisco won’t tell you where you can get “Real Dim Sum” or where “The Worst Trader Joes Ever” is. Or if you’re visiting Chicago, you might want to see the Magnificent Mile, but not know it’s right next to where “Suburbanites Buy Drugs” and “Retired Mafioso.” This is where Judgmental Maps comes in – a no holds barred look at city life that is at once a love letter and hate mail from the very people who live there. What started as a joke between comedian Trent Gillaspie and his friends in Denver, quickly grew into a viral sensation with a rabid and enthusiastic community labeling maps of their cities with names and descriptions we all think of, but are a bit too shy to say out loud. Collected here in a full color, beautifully packaged book with all new, never before published material, Judgmental Maps is laugh out loud funny from New York to Los Angeles, Minneapolis to Atlanta and offending everyone else in between.

Speaking American

A History of English in the United States

Author: Richard W. Bailey

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 019517934X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 207

View: 2941

Investigates the history and continuing evolution of American English, from the 16th century to the present, to celebrate the endless variety and remarkable inventiveness that have always been at the heart of our language. By the author of Images of English: A Cultural History of the Language.

American Voices

How Dialects Differ from Coast to Coast

Author: Walt Wolfram,Ben Ward

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781405121088

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 8357

American Voices is a collection of short, readable descriptions of various American dialects, written by top researchers in the field. written by top researchers in the field and includes Southern English, New England speech, Chicano English, Appalachian English, Canadian English, and California English, among many others fascinating look at the full range of American social, ethnic, and regional dialects written for the lay person

Languages and Dialects in the U.S.

Focus on Diversity and Linguistics

Author: Marianna Di Paolo,Arthur K. Spears

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317916182

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

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Languages and Dialects in the U.S. is a concise introduction to linguistic diversity in the U.S. for students with little to no background in linguistics. The goal of the editors of this collection of fourteen chapters, written by leading experts on the language varieties discussed, is to offer students detailed insight into the languages they speak or hear around them, grounded in comprehensive coverage of the linguistic systems underpinning them. The book begins with "setting the stage" chapters, introducing the sociocultural context of the languages and dialects featured in the book. The remaining chapters are each devoted to particular U.S. dialects and varieties of American English, each with problem sets and suggested further readings to reinforce basic concepts and new linguistic terminology and to encourage further study of the languages and dialects covered. By presenting students with both the linguistic and social, cultural, and political foundations of these particular dialects and variations of English, Languages and Dialects in the U.S. is the ideal text for students interested in linguistic diversity in the U.S., in introductory courses in sociolinguistics, language and culture, and language variation and change.

Wisconsin Talk

Linguistic Diversity in the Badger State

Author: Thomas Purnell,Eric Raimy,Joseph Salmons

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299293335

Category: History

Page: 173

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Wisconsin is one of the most linguistically rich places in North America. It has the greatest diversity of American Indian languages east of the Mississippi, including Ojibwe and Menominee from the Algonquian language family, Ho-Chunk from the Siouan family, and Oneida from the Iroquoian family. French place names dot the state's map. German, Norwegian, and Polish—the languages of immigrants in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—are still spoken by tens of thousands of people, and the influx of new immigrants speaking Spanish, Hmong, and Somali continues to enrich the state's cultural landscape. These languages and others (Walloon, Cornish, Finnish, Czech, and more) have shaped the kinds of English spoken around the state. Within Wisconsin's borders are found three different major dialects of American English, and despite the influences of mass media and popular culture, they are not merging—they are dramatically diverging. An engaging survey for both general readers and language scholars, Wisconsin Talk brings together perspectives from linguistics, history, cultural studies, and geography to illuminate why language matters in our everyday lives. The authors highlight such topics as: • words distinctive to the state • how recent and earlier immigrants have negotiated cultural and linguistic challenges • the diversity of bilingual speakers that enriches our communities • how maps can convey the stories of language • the relation of Wisconsin's Indian languages to language loss worldwide.

I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World

Author: Jag Bhalla

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1426205309

Category: Reference

Page: 272

View: 455

"I’m not hanging noodles on your ears." In Moscow, this curious, engagingly colorful assertion is common parlance, but unless you’re Russian your reaction is probably "Say what?" The same idea in English is equally odd: "I’m not pulling your leg." Both mean: Believe me. As author Jag Bhalla demonstrates, these amusing, often hilarious phrases provide a unique perspective on how different cultures perceive and describe the world. Organized by theme—food, love, romance, and many more—they embody cultural traditions and attitudes, capture linguistic nuance, and shed fascinating light on "the whole ball of wax." For example, when English-speakers are hard at work, we’re "nose to the grindstone," but industrious Chinese toil "with liver and brains spilled on the ground" and busy Indians have "no time to die." If you’re already fluent in 10 languages, you probably won’t need this book, but you’ll "get a kick out of it" anyhow; for the rest of us, it’s a must. Either way, this surprising, often thought-provoking little tome is gift-friendly in appearance, a perfect impulse buy for word lovers, travelers, and anyone else who enjoys looking at life in a riotous, unusual way. And we’re not hanging noodles from your ear.

How to Talk American

A Guide to Our Native Tongues

Author: Jim Crotty

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395780329

Category: Humor

Page: 419

View: 6427

Provides a guide to American speech from around the nation, including Detroit, Chicago, and Seattle, and on such topics as Deadheads, Disney, the music business, sports, and street slang

How to Speak Midwestern

Author: Edward McClelland,Ted McClelland

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997774276

Category: History

Page: 152

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Pittsburgh toilet, squeaky cheese, city chicken, shampoo banana, and Chevy in the Hole are all phrases that are familiar to Midwesterners but sound foreign to anyone living outside the region. This book explains not only what Midwesterners say but also how and why they say it and covers such topics as: the causes of the Northern cities vowel shift, why the accents in Fargo miss the nasality that's a hallmark of Minnesota speech, and why Chicagoans talk more like people from Buffalo than their next-door neighbors in Wisconsin. Readers from the Midwest will have a better understanding of why they talk the way they do, and readers who are not from the Midwest will know exactly what to say the next time someone ends a sentence with "eh?".

That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

The 150 Most Commonly Misused Words and Their Tangled Histories

Author: Ross Petras,Kathryn Petras

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 0399581286

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 7576

An entertaining and informative guide to the most common 150 words even smart people use incorrectly, along with pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and tangled histories of use and misuse. Even the most erudite among us use words like apocryphal, facetious, ironic, meteorite, moot, redundant, and unique incorrectly every day. Don’t be one of them. Using examples of misuse from leading newspapers, prominent public figures and famous writers, among others, language gurus Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras explain how to avoid these perilous pitfalls in the English language. Each entry also includes short histories of how and why these mistake have happened, some of the (often surprisingly nasty) debates about which uses are (and are not) mistakes, and finally, how to use these words correctly … or why to not use them at all. By the end of this book, every literati will be able to confidently, casually, and correctly toss in an “a priori” or a “limns” without hesitation.

Talk Like a Californian

A Hella Fresh Guide to Golden State Speak

Author: Helena Ventura

Publisher: Prospect Park Books

ISBN: 9781938849855

Category: Humor

Page: 168

View: 9293

A sick dictionary of legit Californian lingo: tech talk to surf speak, NorCal to SoCal, studio slang to foodie jargon.

English Accents and Dialects

An Introduction to Social and Regional Varieties of English in the British Isles, Fifth Edition

Author: Arthur Hughes,Peter Trudgill,Dominic Watt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1444144197

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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English Accents and Dialects is an essential guide to contemporary social and regional varieties of English spoken in the British Isles today. Together with invaluable overviews of numerous regional accents and dialects, this fifth edition provides a detailed description of key features of Received Pronounciation (RP) as well as several major non-standard varieties of English. Key features: main regional differences are followed by a survey of speech in over 20 areas of the UK and Ireland, audio samples of which are available to download at www.routledge.com/cw/hughes recent findings on London English, Aberdeen English and Liverpool English contains new entries on Hull, Manchester, Carlisle, Middlesbrough, Southampton, London West Indian, Lancashire and the Shetlands additional exercises with answers online accompany the new varieties clear maps throughout for locating particular accents and dialects. This combination of reference manual and practical guide makes this fifth edition of English Accents and Dialects a highly useful resource providing a comprehensive and contemporary coverage of speech in the UK and Ireland today.

Native Tongues

Author: Charles Berlitz

Publisher: Castle Books

ISBN: 9780785818274

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 340

View: 6819

This book is a unique storehouse of surprising, thought provoking, fascinating and useful facts about human speech and the written word.

Directing and Producing for Television

A Format Approach

Author: Ivan Cury

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317298993

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 326

View: 5285

Directing and Producing for Television provides essential tools required to direct and produce effectively in a variety of settings. Ideal for students in television production courses, Directing and Producing for Television addresses critical production techniques for various formats, including multiple-camera panel productions, news and demonstration programs, as well as scripted and musical productions, documentaries, sports, commercials, and PSAs. In full color for the first time, this new edition has been updated to include information about online distribution platforms like YouTube and Vimeo, and new production tools such as actions cameras, smart phones, DSLRs, and drones. New, full-colour images throughout give this classic text a fresh look featuring today’s latest technology Written by an expert with years of experience in both the industry and in teaching television directing and producing An approachable writing style brings a real world perspective to the procedures and protocols of a demanding industry Visuals showing camera setups and accompanying shots illustrate the best approach to a variety of formats and the related challenges for each

Folktales and Legends of the Middle West

Author: Edward McClelland

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780998018812

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

View: 2862

America's first superheroes lived in the Midwest. There was Nanabozho, the Ojibway man-god who conquered the King of Fish, took control of the North Wind, and inspired Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha. Paul Bunyan, the larger-than-life North Woods lumberjack, created Minnesota's 10,000 lakes with his giant footsteps. More recently, Pittsburgh steelworker Joe Magerac squeezed out rails between his fingers, and Rosie the Riveter churned out the planes that won the world's most terrible war. In Folktales and Legends of the Middle West, Edward McClelland collects these stories and more. Readers will learn the sea shanties of the Great Lakes sailors and the spirituals of the slaves following the North Star across the Ohio River, and be frightened by tales of the Lake Erie Monster and Wisconsin's dangerous Hodag. A history of the region as told through its folklore, music, and legends, this is a book every Midwestern family should own.

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