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Trip of the Tongue

Cross-country Travels in Search of America's Languages
Little, Elizabeth (Book - 2012)
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Trip of the Tongue

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Though we're known as a nation of English speakers, the linguistic map of the United States is hardly monochromatic. While much ado has been made about the role that Spanish may play in our national future, it would be a gross misrepresentation to label America a bilingual country. On the contrary, our languages are as varied as our origins. There is Basque in Nevada, Arabic in Detroit, Gullah in South Carolina. We speak European, Asian, and American Indian languages; we speak creoles, jargons, and pidgins. As a resident of Queens-among the most ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse places on the planet-Elizabeth Little first began to wonder how this host of tongues had shaped the American experience. It was only a matter of time before she decided to take her questions on the road. In Trip of the Tongue , Little explores our nation's many cultures and languages in search of what they say about who we are individually, socially, and politically. This book is both a celebration of American multiculturalism and a reflection on what we value, what we fight for, and what we allow ourselves to forget. Elizabeth Little is a witty and endearing tour guide for this memorable and original trip.
Authors: Little, Elizabeth
Title: Trip of the tongue
cross-country travels in search of America's languages
Published: New York : Bloomsbury, 2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,25 cm.
Contents: New York City: American
Montana: Crow
Arizona: Navajo
Washington: Lushootseed, Quileute, Makah
Louisiana: French and Louisiana Creole
South Carolina: Gullah
Nevada: Basque
North Dakota: Norwegian
Florida: Haitian Creole
New Mexico: Spanish
Los Angeles: English.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 9781596916562
Branch Call Number: 306.446 LIL
Statement of Responsibility: Elizabeth Little
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-292) and index.
Subject Headings: Language and culture United States. Multilingualism United States. Sociolinguistics United States. Americanisms.
Topical Term: Language and culture
LCCN: 2011039005
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