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American Tongues: A Film About the Way We Talk

DVD
56 min
1987
PE2841 .A84 2007 DVD

Southerners talk too slowly. New Yorkers are rude. New Englanders don't say much at all. Anybody who lives in America knows the clichés about how people in various parts of the country handle the English language.

AMERICAN TONGUES is the classic award-winning film that examines the attitudes Americans have about the way they talk. Directed by award-winning filmmakers Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker (Vote for Me, People Like Us), AMERICAN TONGUES goes to the streets and countryside to listen to American English in all its diversity and color. From Boston Brahmins to African-American teenagers, from Texas cowboys to urban professionals, AMERICAN TONGUES elicits funny, perceptive, sometimes shocking, and always telling comments about our diverse society.

Narrator, Trey Wilson.

Distributed by The Center for New American Media.

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