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Essay Topic: In class, we saw the documentary American Tongues. Through this fil

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Essay Topic:
In class, we saw the documentary American Tongues. Through this film, we appreciated the variety of regional accents/dialects around our country. The way people speak is seen as reflection of their culture and background. So, for our third essay you must do the following.
1. A. Watch the video American Tongues:
Watch at least one of the parts of Do You Speak American from Discussion #5
Video Transcript (is in PDF)
Answer these questions while/after watching the movie and before writing your essay (these questions are from the movie study guide and they are only to help you focus on certain topics within the movie and organize your thoughts. (The answers are to help you develop your essay, no need to submit them).
What are some of the reasons for dialect differences in the United States?
In what aspects of language do variations in dialects manifest themselves?
What kinds of speech are validated?
What kinds of speech are stigmatized?
How are they related to wider social and cultural issues?
Using your questions as guidelines, answer the following in an integrated essay: What is the relationship between language and culture? How this relationship affects the way English is spoken in the USA? How language affect cultural perceptions about people other regions in the USA? Use examples from the videos to support your answer. (The examples need to integrated into your essay!)
Use the terms and concepts learned in the Linguistic Anthropology chapter, especially in the section about sociolinguistics. I want to see the concepts applied and defined. Example: if you are using the term dialect , define what is it.

 

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