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American Talk, Part 3 of 3: Slang in American English

“All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry,”¬†wrote G.K. Chesterton. But Chesterton’s “A Defence of Slang” is, of course, subject to continuing debate among academic audiences. Where does slang come from? How does it function in American speech, and … Continue reading

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American Talk, Part 2 of 3: Language and Gender

Is American English sexist? How does the language we speak reflect, embrace, and modify our social and individual notions of the connections between gender and speech?¬†Cheris Kramarae addresses these and other questions about language and usage. At the time of … Continue reading

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American Talk, Part 1 of 3

Ron Butters, Crawford Feagin, and Walt Wolfram address the subject of American speech and word usage. They ask, for example, what professional linguists say about speech and the use of words. How do Americans use English? And to what social, … Continue reading

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