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You Talkin' To Me?: The Unruly History of New York English
 

You Talkin' To Me?: The Unruly History of New York English (Hardback)

By White (Assistant Professor, English, Assistant Professor, English, Stony Brook University)

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From paddy wagon to rush hour, New York City has given us a number of our popular words and phrases, along the way fashioning a recognizable dialect all its own. Often imitated and just as often ridiculed, New York English has its own identity, imbued with the rich cultural histo...ry of (as New Yorkers tell it) the greatest city in the world. How did this unique language community develop, and how has it shaped the city as we know it today? In You Talkin' to Me?, Elyse Graham explores the hidden history of English in New York City -- a history that encompasses social class, immigration, culture, economics, and, of course, real estate. She tells entertaining stories of New York's most famous characters, streets, and cultural institutions, from Broadway to the newspaper office to the department store, illuminating a new dimension of the city's landscape. Full of little-known facts -- C-3PO was originally written to have a New York accent; West Side Story was originally going to be East Side Story, about Jewish and Christian New Yorkers; and confidence man started in reference to a specific New York City criminal --the book will delight lovers of language and history alike. The history of English in New York is deeply intertwined with the story of a famous city trying to develop its own identity. Graham's account engages issues of class and social difference; the invisible barriers that separate insiders from outsiders; the war between children who fit in and their parents who do not; and the struggle of being both an immigrant to the city and a New Yorker. Following language from The Bowery to The Bronx, You Talkin' to Me? offers a fascinating account of how language moves and changes-and a new way of understanding the language history, not only of New York, but of the United States.
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ISBN 9780190657215
Released AU 15 Jun 2020
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Hardback
Series The Dialects of North America
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Available for pre-order, ships once released

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ISBN-13 9780190657215
Stock Release date is 15 June 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press Inc
Released 15 Jun 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By White (Assistant Professor, English, Assistant Professor, English, Stony Brook University)
Series The Dialects of North America
Category Language & Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Communication Studies
Number of Pages 216
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 210mm
Dewey Code 427.9747
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress English language - Dialects - New York (State) - New York, English language - Social aspects - New York (State) - New York, English language - Spoken English - New York (State) - New York, English language - New York (State) - New York - Slang, Americanisms - New York (State) - New York
NBS Text History of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
ONIX Text General/trade

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