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Did you know that your answers to just a handful of questions can predict the zip code of where you grew up? Speaking American offers a visual atlas of the American vernacular--who says what, and where they say it--revealing the history of our nation, our regions, and the language that divides and unites us.

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Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Author: Josh Katz
Publisher: Mariner Books
Release: 2020-09
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 0358359937

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Did you know that your answers to just a handful of questions can predict the zip code of where you grew up? In 2013 Josh Katz accumulated and visually mapped over 350,000 unique survey responses to questions about word choice and pronunciation throughout America. His dialect quiz quickly became the most viewed webpage in the history of the New York Times. InSpeaking AmericanKatz offers a visual atlas of the American vernacular who says what, and where they say it revealing the history of our nation, our regions, and our language."

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Josh Katz
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Release: 2016-10-25
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 0544703391

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When did English become American? What distinctive qualities made it American? What role have America's democratizing impulses, and its vibrantly heterogeneous speakers, played in shaping our language and separating it from the mother tongue? A wide-ranging account of American English, Richard Bailey's Speaking American investigates the history and continuing evolution of our language from the sixteenth century to the present. The book is organized in half-century segments around influential centers: Chesapeake Bay (1600-1650), Boston (1650-1700), Charleston (1700-1750), Philadelphia (1750-1800), New Orleans (1800-1850), New York (1850-1900), Chicago (1900-1950), Los Angeles (1950-2000), and Cyberspace (2000-present). Each of these places has added new words, new inflections, new ways of speaking to the elusive, boisterous, ever-changing linguistic experiment that is American English. Freed from British constraints of unity and propriety, swept up in rapid social change, restless movement, and a thirst for innovation, Americans have always been eager to invent new words, from earthy frontier expressions like "catawampously" (vigorously) and "bung-nipper" (pickpocket), to West African words introduced by slaves such as "goober" (peanut) and "gumbo" (okra), to urban slang such as "tagging" (spraying graffiti) and "crew" (gang). Throughout, Bailey focuses on how people speak and how speakers change the language. The book is filled with transcripts of arresting voices, precisely situated in time and space: two justices of the peace sitting in a pumpkin patch trying an Indian for theft; a crowd of Africans lounging on the waterfront in Philadelphia discussing the newly independent nation in their home languages; a Chicago gangster complaining that his pocket had been picked; Valley Girls chattering; Crips and Bloods negotiating their gang identities in LA; and more. Speaking American explores--and celebrates--the endless variety and remarkable inventiveness that have always been at the heart of American English.

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Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Author: Richard W. Bailey
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2012-01-04
File: 232 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780199921461

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Investigates the history and continuing evolution of American English, from the 16th century to the present, to celebrate the endless variety and remarkable inventiveness that have always been at the heart of our language. By the author of Images of English: A Cultural History of the Language.

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Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Author: Richard W. Bailey
Publisher: OUP USA
Release: 2012-01-23
File: 207 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780195179347

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Genre: Hispanic Americans
Author: United States. Office of Education. Office for Spanish Speaking American Affairs
Publisher:
Release: 1970
File: Pages
ISBN-13: UTEXAS:059173025357470

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This first study provides illuminating insights in to America's preeminent Yankee Radical and his concepts.

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Genre: History
Author: Robert A. Gorman
Publisher: Psychology Press
Release: 1995
File: 243 Pages
ISBN-13: 0415911184

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Genre: Hispanic Americans
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Post Office and Civil Service. Subcommittee on Census and Statistics
Publisher:
Release: 1974
File: 189 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015081117437

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Author: United States. Congress. House. Post Office and Civil Service Committee
Publisher:
Release: 1974
File: 189 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105045535494

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Argues that the Democratic party has lost its voice on the issues important to the middle class, and analyzes the failures of the Mondale and Dukakis presidential campaigns

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Genre: Communication in politics
Author: David Kusnet
Publisher:
Release: 1992-01-01
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 1560250275

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When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Bilingual Education Act of 1968, language learning became a touchstone in the emerging culture wars. Nowhere was this more apparent than in Los Angeles, where elected officials from both political parties had supported the legislation, and where the most disruptive protests over it occurred. The city, with its diverse population of Latinos and Asian Americans, is the ideal locus for Zevi Gutfreund’s study of how language instruction informed the social construction of American citizenship. Combining the history of language instruction, school desegregation, and civil rights activism as it unfolded in Japanese American and Mexican American communities in L.A., this timely book clarifies the critical and evolving role of language instruction in twentieth-century American politics. Speaking American reveals how, for generations, language instruction offered a forum for Angelino educators to articulate their responses to policies that racialized access to citizenship—from the “national origins” immigration quotas of the Progressive Era through Congress’s removal of race from these quotas in 1965. Meanwhile, immigrant communities designed language experiments to counter efforts to limit their liberties. Gutfreund’s book is the first to place the experiences of Mexican Americans and Japanese Americans side by side as they navigated debates over Americanization programs, intercultural education, school desegregation, and bilingual education. In the process, the book shows, these language experiments helped Angelino immigrants introduce competing concepts of citizenship that were tied to their actions and deeds rather than to the English language itself. Complicating the usual top-down approach to the history of racial politics in education, Speaking American recognizes the ways in which immigrant and ethnic activists, as well as white progressives and conservatives, have been deeply invested in controlling public and private aspects of language instruction in Los Angeles. The book brings compelling analytic depth and breadth to its examination of the social and political landscape in a city still at the epicenter of American immigration politics.

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Genre: Education
Author: Zevi Gutfreund
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Release: 2019-03-07
File: 308 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780806163550

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