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Author: William CranRobert MacNeilChristopher BuchananMacNeil/Lehrer Productions.Paladin InVision, Ltd.All authors
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, [2008]
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 television programs
Television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: William Cran; Robert MacNeil; Christopher Buchanan; MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.; Paladin InVision, Ltd.; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.); KLRU (Television station : Austin, Tex.); Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
ISBN: 9781421308661 1421308665 9781421308678 1421308673 9781421308685 1421308681 9781421308692 142130869X
OCLC Number: 496306143
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Episode titles from container.
Originally aired on television in 2005.
Includes weblinks.
Credits: Cameraman, Allan Palmer ; editor, Joe Frost ; composer, Paul Foss.
Performer(s): Reporter: Robert MacNeil.
Description: 3 videodiscs (approximately 60 min. each) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: Enhanced DVD.; DVD-ROM player required to access weblinks.
Contents: [v. 1] Up North --
[v. 2] Down South --
[v. 3] Out West.
Other Titles: Up North.
Down South.
Out West.
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.
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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, 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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