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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

New Book Shows How New York City & The English Language Grew Together

New York City Isn't Banning Glass Skyscrapers After All ...

New York City’s eight million-plus inhabitants speak over 800 languages in aggregate. It's amazing anyone understands anyone. But as diverse as the speech community of the nation’s biggest city is, there has long been a New York accent that has set itself apart from the rest of the country. Even into the mid-twentieth century, New York set the standard for American speech, according to a new book, You Talkin To Me? The Unruly History of New York English, by EJ White.

New York City is a great Factory of language, and the quote right white, who teaches the history of the English language at Stony Brook University. Quotation New York City produced a community of speakers with a distinctive sound, and by maintaining that good, speakers help to produce the idea that is New York City. In quotes

White explores that historical use and abuse of language in New York City, and puts the history of New York into a linguistic context. He shares certain terms coined by New Yawkas and shows how New York City is perceived, language and all, by the rest of the country.

White refers to a poll in 2011 that showed 51% of respondents judge speakers with New York accents to be rude, while only 7% judged them to be nice. these respondents also said Southern Accents indicated the people to be nice and educated, that people with Midwestern accents were honest, nice, and well-educated, and that speakers with British accents sounded sophisticated.

White shows how many idioms and slang word come from New York City, often because so much happened at such a fast pace in the city of influence and interest that new words need to be coined to reflect the evolutionary and revolutionary changes. New York City has given us words like bootleg and speakeasy. We also have received our unit of American currency -- the dollar – from NYC by way of its Dutch settlers. Their provincial coin was the daler.

White’s book also explores the connection between culture and language, and at times explores interesting subjects like the role of crime and its impact on language. New York City also gave us: up the river, murderer’s row, bouncer, grafter, con man, and madam.

This book also identified how the Big Apple got its name. He writes: “In the 1920's, horse racers in the eastern United States used the term apple as the slang for the winner’s purse. For those competitors, New York City was the big time, with bigger crowds, greater glory, and bigger purses; the city therefore became the Big Apple.”

No doubd idt, New York has made a big impact on language and on how people view others through language.

You Talkin To Me? is a good exploration into language and a tribute to the greatest city!

 

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2020. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo.


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