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Language, Power, and Social Process #7: Race and the Rise of Standard American

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Bonfiglio's (U. of Richmond) study centers on phonemes with high cultural visibility, which can be focused upon as diagnostic markers of the migration and legitimation of accent. The author deconstructs some of the major explanations as to why the (mid)western speech patterns rose to be perceived as the preferred American norm. He argues that, while it can be viewed as a largely unconscious evolution of pronunciation, the adoption of the western accent as standard was influenced by openly xenophobic and antisemitic movements of the early 20th century. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This study examines the effect of race-consciousness upon the pronunciation of American English and upon the ideology of standardization in the twentieth century. It shows how the discourses of prescriptivist pronunciation, the xenophobic reaction against immigration to the eastern metropolises- especially New York - and the closing of the western frontier together constructed an image of the American West and Midwest as the locus of proper speech and ethnicity. This study is of interest to scholars and students in linguistics, American studies, cultural studies, Jewish studies, and studies in race, class, and gender.

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ISBN:
9783110171891
Author:
Bonfiglio, Thomas Paul
Publisher:
Walter de Gruyter
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
General-General
Series:
Language, Power, and Social Process
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
258
Dimensions:
9.24x6.60x1.15 in. 1.73 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This study examines the effect of race-consciousness upon the pronunciation of American English and upon the ideology of standardization in the twentieth century. It shows how the discourses of prescriptivist pronunciation, the xenophobic reaction against immigration to the eastern metropolises- especially New York - and the closing of the western frontier together constructed an image of the American West and Midwest as the locus of proper speech and ethnicity. This study is of interest to scholars and students in linguistics, American studies, cultural studies, Jewish studies, and studies in race, class, and gender.
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