ERIC Number: ED025513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
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A Common Language: British and American English, Conversations Between Albert H. Marckwardt and Randolph Quirk.
Marckwardt, Albert H.; Quirk, Randolph
This transcription of radio conversations on the English language between Albert H. Marckwardt and Randolph Quirk, jointly produced by The British Broadcasting Corporation and The Voice of America, indicates that American and British English have never been so different as people have imagined and that the dominant tendency has been toward convergence and greater similarity. Specific topics of conversation are the areas of difference and identity between the two varities of English, their differences in vocabulary, the common origin provided by Shakespearean English, the standardizing effect of the prestigious speech of London, America's political and linguistic independence, the linguistic effect of America's assumption of world responsibility, regional dialects in each country, the social equality o f British and American English, and probable future changes in the language. (JS)
Descriptors: Cultural Exchange, Cultural Influences, Diachronic Linguistics, Dialects, Diction, English, Idioms, Language Patterns, Language Rhythm, Language Standardization, Language Styles, Language Usage, Languages, Linguistics, North American English, Speech, Speech Habits, Standard Spoken Usage, Vocabulary
National Council of Teachers of English, 508 So. 6th St., Champaign, Ill. 61820 (Stock No. 24501, $1.00); and Cox and Wyman, Ltd., London.
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Note: Copyrighted by the British Broadcasting Corporation and the United States Government.