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Metcalf, Allan A.

Overview
Works: 24 works in 118 publications in 2 languages and 9,171 library holdings
Genres: History  Terminology  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Terms and phrases  Abstracts  Handbooks and manuals  Sources 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: PE2831, 422.0973
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Most widely held works by Allan A Metcalf
America in so many words : words that have shaped America by David K Barnhart( Book )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In chronological order, Barnhart and Metcalf give the history and usage of words and phrases that Americans have added to the English language, from canoe and skunk in the 1500s to soccer mom, Ebonics, and millennium bug in the 1990s
OK : the improbable story of America's greatest word by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is said to be the most frequently spoken (or typed) word on the planet, more common than an infant's first word ma or the ever-present beverage Coke. It was even the first word spoken on the moon. It is "OK"--The most ubiquitous and invisible of American expressions, one used countless times every day. Yet few of us know the secret history of OK--how it was coined, what it stood for, and the amazing extent of its influence. Allan Metcalf, a renowned popular writer on language, here traces the evolution of America's most popular word, writing with brevity and wit, and ranging acro
How we talk : American regional English today by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Not everyone knows it, but everyone speaks some form of regional dialect, and everyone has some kind of accent. But what are the accents of American English? Where do its regional dialects begin and end? What sorts of quirks and variations can be expected in particular localities? Language researcher Allan Metcalf answers these and many other questions in this entertaining and informative look at our language today. Moving region by region, and state by state, Metcalf identifies key features that give American regional speech its distinctive character and expressiveness. Join Metcalf on his tour of America's linguistic landscape, and be ready to be surprised at how much you didn't know about your native tongue."--Jacket
Predicting new words : the secrets of their success by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the phenomenon of new word creation, offering criteria for predicting the success of new words and including the American Dialect Society's listing of words of the year from 1991 to 2001
The world in so many words : a country-by-country tour of words that have shaped our language by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An international tour of words that have shaped the English language explores the etymology of words such as paradise, siesta, geyser, justice, tattoo, and zombie
Presidential voices : speaking styles from George Washington to George W. Bush by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

10 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The original -- The great orators -- The great communicators -- Speechwriters -- The down to earth president -- The blunderers -- Presidents as neologists -- Presidential accents -- Acting presidents : movies and television -- How to talk like a president -- Profiles of the presidents
From skedaddle to selfie : words of the generations by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From baby boomers with 'groovy' and 'yuppie, ' to Generation X with 'whatever' and 'like, ' each generation inevitably comes to use certain words that are particular to its unique time in history. Those words not only tell us a great deal about the people in those generations, but highlight their differences with other generations. In this entertaining compilation, Allan Metcalf, author of OK: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word, shows that each generation--those born within the same roughly 20-year time period--can be identified and characterized by its key words. Metcalf tells the story of the history and usage of these words, starting with the American Revolution and ending with the post-Millennial Homeland generation. With special attention to the differences in vocabulary among today's generations--the sometimes awkward Millennials, the grunge music of Generation X, hippies among the Boomers, and bobbysoxers among the Silents--From Skeddadle to Selfie compiles dozens of words we thought we knew, and tells the unheard stories of each and how they accompanied its generation through its time"--
Poetic diction in the Old English meters of Boethius by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

10 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chicano English by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

8 editions published between 1979 and 2003 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Research to the point by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing to the point: six basic steps by William J Kerrigan( Book )

2 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essentials of writing to the point by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Riverside English; the spoken language of a Southern California community by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

5 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This booklet points out some of the characteristics of the varieties of English spoken in Riverside and in the rest of California. The first chapter provides a general discussion of language variation and change on the levels of vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar. The second chapter discusses California English and pronunciation and vocabulary characteristics of different areas. Chapter three considers the findings of the Linguistic Atlas of the Pacific Coast survey made in the 1950's and a more recent survey made in Riverside using an interview technique similar to but shorter than the Linguistic Atlas survey. Trends evident from the comparison of the two surveys indicate a move toward homogeneity, "spelling pronunciations," and greater Midlands and Southern influence. The final chapter deals with non-regional variations that can be attributed to age, sex, occupation, social class, or ethnic group. A bibliography is included. (Vm)
The poetic language of the Old English Meters of Boethius by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

4 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America in so many words : a year-by-year review of fascinating words in the history of America by David K Barnhart( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to the California-Nevada field records of the linguistic atlas of the Pacific coast : incorporating reference materials from the LAPC files by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Index by region, usage, and etymology to the Dictionary of American regional English, volumes I and II( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Field records for California and Nevada by Linguistic Atlas of the Pacific Coast( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Records of 300 interviews - 270 in California and 30 in Nevada; directed by David W. Reed. Each interview consists of 75 pages in phonetic notation, recording responses to a 602-item questionnaire patterned after those used in Linguistic Atlas studies of eastern regions
Chicano English. Language in Education: Theory and Practice, No. 21 by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The English spoken by Spanish-surnamed Americans of the southwestern United States often has a Spanish flavor, even though the speakers may have no competence in Spanish. This Chicano English is discussed in a series of descriptions based on a number of previous studies of regional variations. Each description covers pronunciation, intonation, stress, vocabulary, and syntax. Regions covered include California (East Los Angeles, Riverside and vicinity, Redwood City, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Whittier), Arizona, New Mexico (Las Vegas), and Texas (San Antonio in the 1950's and in 1970, Fort Worth-Dallas, and Austin). From the evidence of the individual descriptions, certain general conclusions are drawn about the linguistic feature of Chicano English, and especially about its dependence on Spanish influence. Pedagogical implications of this Spanish background are briefly discussed. A partially annotated bibliography is appended. (Jb)
Language variety in the South revisited by Cynthia Goldin Bernstein( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Top linguists from diverse fields address language varieties in the South. Language Variety in the South Revisited is a comprehensive collection of new research on southern United States English by foremost scholars of regional language variation. Like its predecessor, Language Variety in the South: Perspectives in Black and White (The University of Alabama Press, 1986), this book includes current research into African American vernacular English, but it greatly expands the scope of investigation and offers an extensive assessment of the fiel
 
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Alternative Names
Metcalf Allan

Metcalf, Allan 1940-

Metcalf, Allan A.

Languages
English (108)

Chinese (2)

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OK : the improbable story of America's greatest wordHow we talk : American regional English todayPredicting new words : the secrets of their successThe world in so many words : a country-by-country tour of words that have shaped our languagePresidential voices : speaking styles from George Washington to George W. BushResearch to the pointWriting to the point: six basic stepsEssentials of writing to the pointAmerica in so many words : a year-by-year review of fascinating words in the history of America