How We Talk

How We Talk

American Regional English Today

Book - 2000
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Houghton
Where are you when people go to the coast instead of the beach tote things as well as carry them wait on line instead of in line get groceries in a paper sack instead of a paper bag say things like The baby needs picked up” and The car needs washed” eat solid rectangular doughnuts that are also called beignets complain when something is spendy (costly”) are chilled by a blue norther ask for tonic instead of soda go dahntahn” to shop.

Allan Metcalf answers these and many other fascinating questions in his new book, How We Talk: American Regional English Today. In short, delightful essays, Metcalf explains the key features that make American speech so expressive and distinct. He begins in the South, home of the most easily recognized of American dialects, and travels north to New England, then on to the Midwest and the far West, even to Alaska and Hawaii. It’s all here: the northern Midwest Fargo” accent, Louisiana Cajun and New Orleans Yat, dropped r’s as in Boston’s Hahvahd Yahd,” and intrusive r’s as in Warshington,” especially common in America’s midlands. With additional chapters on ethnic dialects and dialects in the movies, Metcalf reveals the resplendence of one our nation’s greatest natural resources its endless and varied talk.


Baker & Taylor
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.

Book News
Moving from the South to the North to the West, this linguistic tour of the United States shows state-by-state, and sometimes city-by-city, how Americans talk. Metcalf (English, MacMurray College) takes an often humorous slant on his examination of speech patterns, traveling not only geographically through the fifty states (including special sections on Hawaii and Alaska), but also historically, including a lamentation by Henry James in 1905, wherein James groans over the insertion or omission of the letter "r" in the spoken word. Illustrated with maps, photographs and tables, the book is written for a general audience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

The author of American in So Many Words provides a close-up 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, Midwest, and more. Simultaneous.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2000
ISBN: 9780618043620
0618043624
9780618043637
0618043632
Branch Call Number: 427.973 MET
Characteristics: xvi, 206 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm

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