Originally published: 1st ed. New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2005.
Sequel to: The story of English.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -216) and index.
1. The language wars -- 2. Changing dialects : dingbatters versus hot-toiders -- 3. Toward a standard : putting the "R" in "American" -- 4. This ain't your mama's South anymore -- 5. Hispanic immigration : reconquest of assimilation? -- 6. Bad-mouthing Black English -- 7. Language from a state of change -- 8.Teaching computers to speak American.
"Is the Growing Influence of Spanish threatening to displace English in the United States? Are America's grammatical standards in serious decline? Has the media saturation of our culture homogenized our speech? These and other questions about American English catapulted Robert MacNeil and William Cran, coauthors of the language classic The Story of English, on a cross-country journey in search of answers. An intriguing follow-up to The Story of English, Do You Speak American? is the tale of the surprising discoveries they made along the way. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.