Dialectology
How to Talk Minnesotan: Revised for the 21st Century
How to Talk Minnesotan
Revised for the 21st Century
Paperback      ISBN: 014312269x
A revised edition of the hilarious Minnesotan culture guide from a former writer for A Prairie Home Companion

Fans of the Minnesota-set movie Fargo will love this uproarious culture guide to all-things Minnesotan. With his dry wit and distinctive voice, Howard Mohr won millions of fans across the country on Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion. His popular commercials and ad spots, including one for "Minnesota Language Systems," became the best of the best of Minnesota humor. Now, Mohr has updated his classic guide, How to Talk Minnesotan, to advise visitors on the use of Twitter and Facebook, cell phone etiquette, and more while in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

"Ranging in flavor from satiric pungency to lunatic lusciousness, this is glorious, uproarious humor. Or as they say in Minnesota, 'a heckuva deal, you bet.'"--Booklist
How to Talk Minnesotan: A Visitor's Guide
How to Talk Minnesotan
A Visitor's Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 0140092846
African Accents: A Workbook for Actors
African Accents
A Workbook for Actors
Hardcover      ISBN: 0415705916

This is a comprehensive workbook for actors, covering the key characteristics and profiles of a wide range of African accents of English. Its unique approach not only addresses the methods and processes by which to go about learning an accent, but also looks in detail at each example. This lets the reader plot their own route through the learning process and tailor not only their working methods but also their own personal idiolect.

Full breakdowns of each accent cover:

  • an introduction giving a brief history of the accent, its ethnic background, and its language of origin
  • preparatory warm-up exercises specific to each accent
  • a directory of research materials including documentaries, plays, films and online resources
  • key characteristics such as melody, stress, pace and pitch
  • descriptions of physical articulation in the tongue, lips, jaw, palate and pharynx
  • practice sentences, phoneme tables and worksheets for solo study.

African Accents is accompanied by a website at www.routledge.com/cw/mcguire with an extensive online database of audio samples for each accent. The book and audio resources guide actors to develop their own authentic accents, rather than simply to mimic native speakers. This process allows the actor to personalize an accent, and to integrate it into the creation of character rather than to play the accent on top of character.

American Dialects: A Manual for Actors, Directors, and Writers
American Dialects
A Manual for Actors, Directors, and Writers
Paperback      ISBN: 087830049x

This standard text, now in paperback for the first time-- the companion volume to Foreign Dialects-- American Dialects offers representative dialects of every major section of the United States. In each case, a general description and history of the dialect is given, followed by an analysis of vowel and consonant peculiarities, of its individual lilt and rhythm, and of its grammar variations. There are also lists of the idioms and idiomatic expressions that distinguish each dialect and exercises using them. American Dialects also includes musical inflection charts and diagrams showing the placement of lips, tongue, and breath.

American Slang, 4th Edition
American Slang, 4th Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 0061179477

With 1,500 new words and phrases, this abridged edition of the Dictionary of American Slang is the most buzzworthy, banging collection of colloquial American English--no joke

This fully updated and abridged fourth edition of American Slang contains more than 1,500 new terms representing the variety and vigor of American slang, from "yada yada yada" to "yo momma." There's no better resource for those who are curious about language, fascinated by counterculture, or just completely confused when other people talk.

Like previous editions, this edition features pronunciation guides, word origins, examples of appropriate usage as well as a helpful highlighting system that lets you know which terms should be used with caution, and never in polite company. Both an important archive of the way America is really talking and a lot of fun to read, American Slang will prove to be an invaluable companion in keeping up with the dauntingly jargon-filled, quickly evolving language of today.

Bits of Mountain Speech
Bits of Mountain Speech
Paperback      ISBN: 1469638193

Paul Fink's Bits of Mountain Speech is a dictionary of folk speech. In this work Fink has provided a glossary of terms that are often considered the language of the less educated people of the mountains of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. They are sometimes archaic, sometimes quaint, and almost always idiomatic. The language Fink examines is a holdover of earlier times when the Scots, Irish, and Welsh settled the region, therefore many of the pronunciations are reminiscent of Celtic languages. Not only does he list unusual words that he has come across, but he also uses them in sentences in order to interpret the word or phrase and clarify its meaning.

Blessings, Curses, Hopes, and Fears: Psycho-Ostensive Expressions in Yiddish
Blessings, Curses, Hopes, and Fears
Psycho-Ostensive Expressions in Yiddish
Hardcover      ISBN: 0804733937

In this delightful book, the author enumerates and classifies the formulas Yiddish speakers use to express their emotions-from blessings and thanks to lamentations and curses. A rarity among scholarly books, it brings joy while it teaches; it makes us smile, sometimes roar with laughter, while it develops the most rigorous linguistic argumentation.

Comparative Syntax of the Dial
Comparative Syntax of the Dial
Paperback      ISBN: 0631221662

The book investigates the little studied syntax of the dialects of southern Italy. In addition to providing a descriptive account of a wide range of syntactic phenomena, the discussion shows how the model of language embodied in Chomsky's (1995) Minimalist Program can be profitably extended to the study of the syntax of southern Italian dialects, focusing on such topics as Case-marking and finite, infinitival and participial complementation.

Creole Phonology
Creole Phonology
Hardcover      ISBN: 9027930481
The Dialects of Italy
The Dialects of Italy
Hardcover      ISBN: 0415111048

This book makes accessible the major structural features of the dialects of Italy and emphasises the importance of a detailed understanding of the dialects for issues in general linguistic theory. Selected contents include:
* Phonology
* Morphology
* Syntax
* Lexis
* The Dialect Areas * Sociolinguistics of Dialects
Contributors: Paola Benica; Gaetano Berruto; Guglielmo Cinque; Michela Cennamo; Patrizia Cordin; Thamas Cravens; Marie-Jose Dalbera Stefanaggi; Franco Fanciullo; Werner Forner; Luciano Giannelli; John Hajek; Hermann Haller; Robert Hastings; Michael Jones; Michele Loporcaro; Martin Maiden; Marco Mazzoleni; Zarko Miljacic; Mair Parry; Cecilia Poletto; Lorenzo Renzi; Lori Repetti; Giovanni Ruffino; Giampaolo Salvi; Glauco Sanga; Leonardo Savoia; Alberto Sobrero; Rosanna Sornicola; Tullio Telmon; John Trumper; Edward Tuttle; Alberto Valvaro; Laura Vanelli; Ugo Vignuzzi; Nigel Vincent; Irene Vogel.