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How We Talk: American Regional English Today
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618043624, Paperback)
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.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:01:02 -0500)
"Not everyone knows it, but everyone speaks some form of regional dialect, and everyone has some kind of accent. But what are the accents of American English? Where do its regional dialects begin and end? What sorts of quirks and variations can be expected in particular localities? Language researcher Allan Metcalf answers these and many other questions in this entertaining and informative look at our language today. Moving region by region, and state by state, Metcalf identifies key features that give American regional speech its distinctive character and expressiveness. Join Metcalf on his tour of America's linguistic landscape, and be ready to be surprised at how much you didn't know about your native tongue."--BOOK JACKET.
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