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American Tongues

PBS Premiere: July 5, 1988


Rich in humor and regional color, this sometimes hilarious film uses the prism of language to reveal our attitudes about the way other people speak. From Boston Brahmins to Black Louisiana teenagers, from Texas cowboys to New York professionals, American Tongues elicits funny, perceptive, sometimes shocking, and always telling comments on American English in all its diversity. (60 minutes)


TAGS: english, humor, languages, linguistics

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American Tongues

Premiere Date: July 5, 1988

Streaming Dates: Expired

Filmmakers: Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker


Louis Alvarez
Louis Alvarez
Andrew Kolker
Andrew Kolker

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