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MacNeil, Robert 1931-

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Most widely held works by Robert MacNeil
The story of English by Robert McCrum( Book )

149 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 5,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Library Journal: A tie-in for a nine-part television series to be broadcast over PBS beginning in September, this is a wide-ranging account of the travels and changes of the English tongue from its beginnings to tomorrow, from England to America to Australia to Africa and India and the Pacific. Despite an occasionally perceptible British bias, the authors have tried hard to paint a colorful, vivid picture of the many faces and varieties of English. The text is never dull, but is enlivened by innumerable examples and by interviews with representative individuals: a minister in Scotland, a couple from the Appalachians, a storekeeper in Newfoundland, a Philadelphia shoeshine man, a cockney fruitseller, an Australian farm family, the president of Sierra Leone, a writing professor in India. A readable book that all public libraries should have. BOMC alternate. Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY, Stony Brook
Do you speak American? : a companion to the PBS television series by Robert MacNeil( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a look at the origins, history, and current state of American spoken and written language, looking at the linguistic traditions in diverse regions of the country and assessing the influence of e-mail and other factors
Burden of desire by Robert MacNeil( Book )

30 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows three inhabitants of Halifax, Nova Scotia during World War I struggling with their emotions and the wreckage of war
Do you speak American?( Visual )

23 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines sociolinguistic questions and the dynamic state of American English, a language rich in regional variety, strong in global impact, and steeped in cultural controversy. Episode one discusses linguistic dialect zones, the tension between prescriptivism and descriptivism, the impact of dialect on grapholect, the northern cities vowel shift, the roots of African-American English, minority linguistic profiling, biases against nonstandard speech, and the general perception of the U.S. Midland dialect as "normal American." Looks at hip-hop street talk, IM slang, Pittsburghese, and Gullah and Geechee. Episode two reviews Southern dialects and accents and the influences of French and Spanish on American English. Examines regional differences in vernacular, the steady displacement of Southern coastal dialect by inland dialect, the accents of JFK and LBJ, and the Texas border town of El Cenizo, where Spanish is the official language. Episode three looks at Spanglish, Chicano, Ebonics, and "Surfer Dude." Discusses the implications of voice-activation technology, opinions on the role of Spanish in the U.S., why teens create their own language, gay self-empowerment by redefining discriminatory terms, the oo-fronting sound shift, and whether technology will reinforce or weaken racial and regional stereotypes
The Way we were : 1963, the year Kennedy was shot( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

420 photographs with accompanying text recapture the fads, fashions, foods, and people of America in 1963
The voyage by Robert MacNeil( Book )

21 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and Dutch and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The jet-age romance of a Canadian ambassador and a South American airline stewardess. Although married, he manages to keep the affair secret from wife and government. In her case, her work enables her to continue seeing him, regardless of which country he is in. By the author of Burden of Desire
The people machine; the influence of television on American politics by Robert MacNeil( Book )

18 editions published between 1968 and 1970 in English and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Breaking news : a novel by Robert MacNeil( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An aging TV anchorman of the old school--accurate, reliable and ethical--struggles to hold his job before the advance of younger, actor-like types for whom TV news is simply show business. Grant Munro even considers a face-lift
The Story of English by William Reid( Visual )

57 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details the history of the English language and provides a unique focus on current English usage worldwide with a special emphasis on American English
Operation homecoming : writing the wartime experience by Richard Robbins( Visual )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary explores the searing firsthand accounts of American troops through their own words--fiction, verse, letters, essays, and personal journals. Combining interviews and dramatic readings, the film transforms this remarkable collection of writing into a deep examination of life on the front lines, while providing depth and context through conversations with great American writers from previous wars. The stories recounted are sad, funny, violent, and uplifting. These writings are brought to life through readings, music, and artwork, and evoke the universal emotions of war with a haunting poignancy
Judicial opinions : supreme court justices( Visual )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Supreme Court justices talks on a number of topics, including their views on the Constitution and the interpretation of it in an ever-changing world, the different aspects of judicial decision-making, and the tension in America's history between liberty and national security
Muslim-Americans( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Learn about the diversity of Muslims in America and the Muslim-American experience today
Into the future : on the preservation of knowledge in the electronic age by Terry Sanders( Visual )

15 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and German and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the hidden crisis inherent in digital information. Will the information stored electronically still be accessible in the future? Shows what has happened to other forms of information storage
The story of English( Visual )

25 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 9: Will standard English, as it was known in the 20th century, disappear? Will English continue as the global tongue, or will its numerous varieties become, as offshoots of Latin did, a host of mutually unintelligible languages? This program features new varieties of English that have transcended British and American influence. The program focuses on some of the most successful examples of "New English," including Jamaican creole, the English of India, and the pidgin of Melanesia, brought to Papua New Guinea by maritime trade. The program concludes with the possibility that the world's first global language will endure alongside its unrecognizable descendants.--from publisher
America at a crossroads. the other war( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explore the controversial new policies adopted by the United States government following 9/11 to help prevent terrorism at home
Autism's prevalence grows : "this is a big problem"( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rate of autism diagnosis in American children continues to climb, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Jeffrey Brown discusses the latest research into the group of disorders with CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden and the University of Rochester Medical Center's Dr. Susan Hyman
Autism now( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For public school systems, the demand for special educational and treatment resources for children with autism often outpaces what is available. In the fourth report in his Autism Now series, Robert MacNeil looks at how two schools in the New York City area handle teaching children and teens with autism
Autism now( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although federal law mandates educational services for children with autism, there are virtually no services when they become adults. Robert MacNeil profiles a young man in New Jersey facing an uncertain future
Autism now( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first of six reports in his Autism Now series, former NewsHour anchor Robert MacNeil takes viewers on a visit with his 6-year-old grandson, Nick, to see how autism affects the whole family. Nick experiences autism not just as a brain-development disorder, but also as physical ailments affecting his whole body
Autism now( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rise in the number of reported autism cases has caused a surge in research to find the causes. For the latest thinking, Robert MacNeil speaks with four leading researchers about the issue. It's part three of the Autism Now series of reports
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Do you speak American? : a companion to the PBS television series
Do you speak American? : a companion to the PBS television seriesBurden of desireDo you speak American?The voyageBreaking news : a novelThe story of EnglishLooking for my country : finding myself in America
Alternative Names
Mac Neil, Robert.

Mac Neil, Robert 1931-

MacNeil, Robert Breckenridge Ware

MacNeil, Robert Breckenridge Ware 1931-

MacNeil, Robin

McNeil, Robert.

McNeil, Robert 1931-

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