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Do you speak american? up north.

Published by : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, (Princeton, NJ:) Physical details: 57 mins. ; color. Year: 2005
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Visual Materials Visual Materials 台北美國資料中心 (北市圖) American Corner Taipei
DVD 427.973 Do (Browse shelf) Not for loan AC06936

VOLUME ONE: UP NORTH: In this program, Robert MacNeil canvasses the North to learn firsthand about linguistic dialect zones, the tension between prescriptivism and descriptivism, the northern cities vowel shift, the roots of African-American English, minority dialects and 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, and Bill Labov, the dean of American linguists. Language at times is colloquially rich and some may find it offensive.