Do You Speak American?

Do You Speak American?

Up North

Streaming Video - 2005
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In this program, Robert MacNeil canvasses the North to learn firsthand about linguistic dialect zones, the tension between prescriptivism and descriptivism, the impact of dialect on grapholect, the northern cities vowel shift, the roots of African-American English, minority dialects and linguistic profiling, biases against nonstandard speech, and the general perception of the U.S. Midland dialect as "normal American." Hip-hop street talk, IM slang, Pittsburghese, and Gullah and Geechee are sampled, and Bill Labov, the dean of American linguists; Jesse Sheidlower, American editor of the august OED; and New York magazine's John Simon are featured.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2005], c2005
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (57 min.) :,sd., col., digital file

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