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The Resource Do you speak American?, 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

Do you speak American?, 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

Label
Do you speak American?
Title
Do you speak American?
Statement of 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
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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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Cataloging source
VA@
Characteristic
videorecording
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Do you speak American? (Television program)
Credits note
Cameraman, Allan Palmer ; editor, Joe Frost ; composer, Paul Foss
Language note
  • Close-captioned
  • With optional English subtitles
PerformerNote
Reporter: Robert MacNeil
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1931-
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  • Cran, William
  • Buchanan, Christopher
  • MacNeil, Robert
  • MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
  • Paladin InVision, Ltd
  • WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
  • KLRU (Television station : Austin, Tex.)
  • Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Runtime
171
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  • English language
  • English language
Technique
live action
Label
Do you speak American?, 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
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Episode numeration from menu screen; episode titles from container
  • Special features: Discs 1-3. Enhanced DVD-ROM
  • Films for the Humanities & Sciences: 33887 (Up North)
  • Films for the Humanities & Sciences: 33888 (Down South)
  • Films for the Humanities & Sciences: 33889 (Out West)
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
57761097
Dimensions
4 3/4 in
Dimensions
other
Extent
3 videodiscs (171 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Note
Colby: Public Performance Rights purchased
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
  • 33887
  • 33888
  • 33889
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System details
DVD format
Terms governing use
Colby: Public Performance Rights purchased
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Do you speak American?, 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
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Episode numeration from menu screen; episode titles from container
  • Special features: Discs 1-3. Enhanced DVD-ROM
  • Films for the Humanities & Sciences: 33887 (Up North)
  • Films for the Humanities & Sciences: 33888 (Down South)
  • Films for the Humanities & Sciences: 33889 (Out West)
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
57761097
Dimensions
4 3/4 in
Dimensions
other
Extent
3 videodiscs (171 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Note
Colby: Public Performance Rights purchased
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
  • 33887
  • 33888
  • 33889
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System details
DVD format
Terms governing use
Colby: Public Performance Rights purchased
Video recording format
DVD

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