Speaking American

Speaking American

How Y'all, Youse, and You Guys Talk : A Visual Guide

Book - 2016
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"From the creator of the New York Times dialect quiz that ignited conversations about how and why we say the words we say, a stunning and delightful exploration of American language,"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
ISBN: 9780544703391
0544703391
Branch Call Number: 427.973 KATZ
Characteristics: 203 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 x 26 cm

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wildct2003
Oct 19, 2017

Informative. Now I have proof that most of the country doesn't pronounce "crawfish" correctly...

kkoenigc Aug 23, 2017

I have always been captivated by the different accents, pronunciations and slang of Americans across the country. This book is just delightful and fascinating. I absorbed every page!

AL_FELICIA Aug 09, 2017

Fascinating and informative! This book is a lot of fun, and every page will capture your attention with colored maps and fun tidbits. It's amazing the many ways we say the same thing across the country.

AL_RACHEL Jul 08, 2017

It was a lot of fun to see how the cultures of the USA have created their own dialects. The infographics provided most of the details, but it was a pleasure to reflect on my own dialect and just how much variety exists among the subcultures in America.

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BREATHLESSMAHONEY
May 17, 2017

I used to wonder what the difference between green onions and scallions was. I now know it's a matter of geography.

AL_KATI May 01, 2017

Looking for a book to spark conversation? You've found it. Absolutely fascinating to see how the country speaks and how language changes. (And for the record, it's a bubbler, not a water fountain.)

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fledge
Jan 20, 2017

A picture book for adults, and probably best read and enjoyed with people from other parts of the country. I’m a “you guys, roly-poly, semi, crawdad, drinking fountain, lightning bug” sort of a guy, which only makes sense if you read the book, and pegs me as a speaker from southeast and east central Kansas. A light, entertaining book so give it a look.

TSCPL_KyleM Jan 02, 2017

Very interesting look at American language. We brought this out over the holidays while we had relatives from different parts of the country in town and it was amazing how every phrase matched up!

DBRL_DanaS Nov 16, 2016

As someone from the land of "sneakers" and "mischief night" living in the middle of "roundabout" and "carr-mel" territory, I'd say these maps are pretty accurate! Especially fun to flip through with someone raised in a different part of the country from you to compare and contrast.

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