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Do you speak American? Episode 1

Author: William CranChristopher BuchananRobert MacNeilOrlagh CassidyAllan PalmerAll authors
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Robert MacNeil canvasses the North to learn firsthand about linguistic dialect zones, the tension between prescriptivism and descriptivism, the impact on dialect, the northern cities vowel shift, the roots of African-American English, minority 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,  Read more...
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Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: William Cran; Christopher Buchanan; Robert MacNeil; Orlagh Cassidy; Allan Palmer; Joe Frost; Paul Foss; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.; Paladin InVision, Ltd.; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.); KLRU (Television station : Austin, Tex.)
OCLC Number: 58750271
Language Note: Optional English subtitles.
Credits: Cameraman, Allan Palmer ; editor, Joe Frost ; composer, Paul Foss.
Performer(s): Featuring Robert MacNeil ; narrator, Orlagh Cassidy.
Description: 1 videodisc (57 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.; System requirements: DVD-ROM drive required to access Web links included with the program.
Contents: Introduction --
Pronunciation in New England and NYC --
Prescriptivism vs. descriptivism --
Rosa can't speak English --
What is standard English? --
Folk perceptions of dialects --
Written English --
Language change? --
African-American English in Detroit --
Dialect in schooling --
Hip-hop.
Other Titles: Up north
Do you speak American? (Television program)
Responsibility: a MacNeil/Lehrer & Paladin InVision Production with Thirteen/WNET New York in association with KLRU Austin, Texas ; producers, William Cran, Christopher Buchanan ; director, William Cran ; writers, William Cran & Robert MacNeil.

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Robert MacNeil canvasses the North to learn firsthand about linguistic dialect zones, the tension between prescriptivism and descriptivism, the impact on dialect, the northern cities vowel shift, the roots of African-American English, minority 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. Features Bill Labov, the dean of American linguists; Jesse Sheidlower, American editor of the august OED; and 'New York' magazine's John Simon. Some language may be offensive.

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