of the George Foster Peabody Award.
talk too slowly. New Yorkers are rude. New Englanders don't say
much at all. Anybody who lives in the U.S. knows the clichés
about how people in the various parts of the country handle the
English language. American Tongues is the first documentary
to explore the impact of these linguistic attitudes in a fresh and
For over ten years American Tongues has entertained and educated
audiences from the high school level on up. It is in use in thousands
of colleges, universities, corporate training offices, military
installations, TESL classes, and other institutions. American
Tongues has been an enormously useful teaching tool for helping
students and workers hear examples of regional speech and attitudes
and relate them to their own lives.
Some of the points included in American Tongues
of a number of linguistic communities, including the remarkable
relic area of Tangier Island, Virginia
A survey of American linguistic prejudice (regional, social, racial)
The role of the mass media in fostering stereotypes
Opinions and examples of Black English (Ebonics)
How accents in one locale can differ by social class
Advisors: Frederic G. Cassidy,Chief Editor; Dictionary of
American Regional English (DARE); Walt Wolfram,University
of North Carolina at Raleigh; Raven McDavid,University of
American Tongues was supported by grants from the National
Endowment for the Humanities and SWAMP, the Southwestern Alternative
Media Project. A production of The Center for New American Media,
perfect example of a film that begins with a simple-enough subject
and expands it seductively. Its enthralling!
visual presentation I have ever seen about American English."
Secretary of the American Dialect Society