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Metcalf, Allan A.

Overview
Works: 29 works in 145 publications in 2 languages and 9,418 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Terminology  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Academic theses  Terms and phrases  Handbooks and manuals 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: PE2831, 427.973
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Most widely held works by Allan A Metcalf
OK : the improbable story of America's greatest word by Allan A Metcalf( )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 2,444 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
America in so many words : words that have shaped America by David K Barnhart( )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,924 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
How we talk : American regional English today by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 948 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
From skedaddle to selfie : words of the generations by Allan A Metcalf( )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 943 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"--
Predicting new words : the secrets of their success by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 884 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
Presidential voices : speaking styles from George Washington to George W. Bush by Allan A Metcalf( )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 791 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
The world in so many words : a country-by-country tour of words that have shaped our language by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 492 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
Poetic diction in the Old English meters of Boethius by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

11 editions published between 1973 and 2019 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of guy : Guy Fawkes, the Gunpowder Plot, and the unlikely history of an indispensable word by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

5 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Had you said "What a guy!" in 17th-century England, anyone would have understood you were admiring a flaming effigy of Guy Fawkes of the Gunpowder Treason Plot. How times have changed! In America and, indeed, most of the English-speaking world, "guy" is so embedded in daily speech that we scarcely notice how odd it truly is: a singular "guy" referring to males only, a plural "guys" encompassing the entire human race. The journey from England's greatest villain to America's favorite second-person plural pronoun offers a story rich with surprising and unprecedented turns. Through his trademark breezy, highly readable style, acclaimed writer Allan Metcalf takes us deep into this history, uncovering the intrigue, murderous plots, and torture out of which the word emerged in 1605. From there, it's a thrilling run through 17th-century England, bloody religious controversies, and across the Atlantic to America, where the word took on a life of its own, exploding into popular culture and day-to-day conversation. From the disappearance of "thou," to George Washington and the American Revolution, to the modern revival of Guy Fawkes in V for Vendetta, Metcalf explores the improbable history of a simple word so indispensable to our daily lives, and that evokes deep insights into the evolution of English itself
Chicano English by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

8 editions published between 1979 and 2003 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Research to the point by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 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 38 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 29 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)
Poetric diction in the Old English meters of Boethius by Allan A Metcalf( )

3 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetic diction in the Old English Meters of Boethius by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

4 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chicano English by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chicano English. Language in Education: Theory and Practice, No. 21 by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries 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)
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

 
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America in so many words : words that have shaped America
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America in so many words : words that have shaped AmericaHow we talk : American regional English todayPredicting new words : the secrets of their successPresidential voices : speaking styles from George Washington to George W. BushThe world in so many words : a country-by-country tour of words that have shaped our languageResearch to the pointWriting to the point: six basic stepsEssentials of writing to the point
Alternative Names
Metcalf Allan

Metcalf, Allan 1940-

Metcalf, Allan A.

Languages
English (133)

Chinese (2)