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Do you speak American?

Author: William CranChristopher BuchananRobert MacNeilMacNeil/Lehrer Productions.Paladin InVision, Ltd.All authors
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines sociolinguistic questions and the dynamic state of American English, a language rich in regional variety, strong in global impact, and steeped in cultural controversy. Episode one discusses 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 linguistic profiling,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Documentary television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: William Cran; Christopher Buchanan; Robert MacNeil; MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.; Paladin InVision, Ltd.; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.); KLRU (Television station : Austin, Tex.); Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Language Note: Close-captioned. With optional English subtitles.
OCLC Number: 57761097
Notes: Episode numeration from menu screen; episode titles from container.
Credits: Cameraman, Allan Palmer ; editor, Joe Frost ; composer, Paul Foss.
Performer(s): Reporter: Robert MacNeil.
Description: 3 videodiscs (171 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD-R.
Contents: episode 1. Up North (57 min.). 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. episode 2. Down South (57 min.). Appalachian English --
Sounding country --
Cajun English --
Cowboy talk --
African-American English in Texas --
Texas town names and Kinky Friedman --
Languages and politics --
South to the border. episode 3. Out West (57 min.). Spanglish and Chicano --
African-American English in California --
Movies and California prestige --
Valley girl and surfer dude --
Other forms of "board-speak" --
Language and social identity --
Computer voices --
In the Stanford lab --
Up to Seattle.
Other Titles: Do you speak American? (Television program)
Responsibility: producer & director, William Cran ; writers, William Cran & Robert MacNeil ; producer, Christopher Buchanan ; a MacNeil/Lehrer & Paladin InVision Production with Thirteen/WNET New York in association with KLRU Austin, Texas.

Abstract:

Examines sociolinguistic questions and the dynamic state of American English, a language rich in regional variety, strong in global impact, and steeped in cultural controversy. Episode one discusses 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 linguistic profiling, biases against nonstandard speech, and the general perception of the U.S. Midland dialect as "normal American." Looks at hip-hop street talk, IM slang, Pittsburghese, and Gullah and Geechee. Episode two reviews Southern dialects and accents and the influences of French and Spanish on American English. Examines regional differences in vernacular, the steady displacement of Southern coastal dialect by inland dialect, the accents of JFK and LBJ, and the Texas border town of El Cenizo, where Spanish is the official language. Episode three looks at Spanglish, Chicano, Ebonics, and "Surfer Dude." Discusses the implications of voice-activation technology, opinions on the role of Spanish in the U.S., why teens create their own language, gay self-empowerment by redefining discriminatory terms, the oo-fronting sound shift, and whether technology will reinforce or weaken racial and regional stereotypes.
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Do you Speak American?

(EMRO user published 2005-06-21 ) Very Good Permalink
Twenty years ago PBS broadcast the groundbreaking, award-wining television series, The Story of English. This comprehensive series remains the standard college video series on English linguistics. Now Robert MacNeil, original narrator and co-writer of that prevailing work, has launched a new...
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