How To Speak Midwestern

$16.95 $7.99

By Edward McClelland
December 1, 2016

“A dictionary wrapped in some serious dialectology inside a gift book trailing a serious whiff of Relevance.” New York Times

 “A delightful romp through the dialects and vocabulary of the region.” —Lansing City Pulse

Find out what Midwesterners say as well as how and why they say it. In this book on Midwestern speech and slang. McClelland examines the causes of the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, one of the most significant changes in English pronunciation in a thousand years. It explains why the accents in Fargo miss the nasality that’s a hallmark of Minnesota speech, and why Chicagoans talk more like people from Buffalo than their next-door neighbors in Wisconsin. For outsiders, McClelland includes helpful chapters such as “‘Well, That’s Different’: How to Passive-Aggressively Criticize People, Places and Things.” Includes extensive glossaries of Midwestern sayings.

Edward McClelland is the author of Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President and Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland.

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 7.50 x 5.00 x 0.50 in

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  1. falpay.com

    Still, the book can be read as questioning the resurgent notion — perhaps strongest in the Midwest itself — that Midwesterners are the most authentically American of Americans, starting with their allegedly neutral speech.

  2. zenitbet35.win

    Still, the book can be read as questioning the resurgent notion — perhaps strongest in the Midwest itself — that Midwesterners are the most authentically American of Americans, starting with their allegedly neutral speech.

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