How We Talk

Author: Allan A. Metcalf
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618043620
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How We Talk. 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.

The Rocky Mountain Region

Author: Rick Newby
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313328176
Size: 36.76 MB
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The Rocky Mountain Region. Provides alphabetically arranged entries on the architecture, art, ecology, folklore, food, religion, and recreation of each major United States region.

The American Midwest

Author: Andrew R. L. Cayton
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253003490
Size: 24.88 MB
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The American Midwest. This first-ever encyclopedia of the Midwest seeks to embrace this large and diverse area, to give it voice, and help define its distinctive character. Organized by topic, it encourages readers to reflect upon the region as a whole. Each section moves from the general to the specific, covering broad themes in longer introductory essays, filling in the details in the shorter entries that follow. There are portraits of each of the region's twelve states, followed by entries on society and culture, community and social life, economy and technology, and public life. The book offers a wealth of information about the region's surprising ethnic diversity -- a vast array of foods, languages, styles, religions, and customs -- plus well-informed essays on the region's history, culture and values, and conflicts. A site of ideas and innovations, reforms and revivals, and social and physical extremes, the Midwest emerges as a place of great complexity, signal importance, and continual fascination.

America In So Many Words

Author: Allan Metcalf
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547563299
Size: 14.18 MB
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America In So Many Words. This book presents a unique historical view of American English. It chronicles year by year the contributions Americans have made to the vocabulary of English and the words Americans have embraced through the evolution of the nation. For important years from the settlement of Jamestown until 1750, and for every year from 1750 through 1998, a prominent word is analyzed and discussed in its historical context. The result is a fascinating survey of American linguistic culture through past centuries. The authors -- both lifelong students of American English -- bring great depth of understanding to these key words that have made America, and American English, what they are today.

Word Myths

Author: David Wilton
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195375572
Size: 69.33 MB
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Word Myths. An examination of the most famous stories, tales, and histories of the world that are provably wrong provides a look at why certain myths are created and spread, the reasons they persist, and the actual truths that long have been obscured by misinformation.

American Regional Dialects

Author: Craig M. Carver
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472081035
Size: 77.46 MB
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American Regional Dialects. "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.

Presidential Voices

Author: Allan A. Metcalf
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618443741
Size: 23.37 MB
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Presidential Voices. A professor of English and expert on American language examines the broad sweep of presidential speech, identifying the various ways in which presidents have communicated with the American public and their rhetorical expectations of his role. Original.

Predicting New Words

Author: Allan A. Metcalf
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618130085
Size: 76.28 MB
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Predicting New Words. A fascinating look at the generation of language surveys numerous "new words," such as "Catch-22," "Gen-X," "silent majority" and their progenitors, including Jonathan Swift, Dr. Seuss, Lewis Carroll, and Galett Burgess, among others. Reprint.

Speaking American

Author: Josh Katz
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544702522
Size: 41.29 MB
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Speaking American. 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.