Pioneers! Oh Pioneers!. --Schedule for this week --British and American English --Features and Figures of American English. This week. Lecture Today Available on the class website HW#4 (Due 11/29)
--Schedule for this week
--British and American English
--Features and Figures of American English
Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob. We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids. She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station. http://accent.gmu.edu/
Can you think of any examples that describe the differences between British and American English?
(U.S.) We lived on Main Street
UK Edition US Edition
jumper pull-over sweater
glove puppet hand puppet
‘It is about a mile and a quarter in
circumference; it stands upon the flat of a
hill, the bank of the river (which they in
barbarous English call a bluff) is steep.’
--Francis Moore, a British traveler in Georgia describing the town of Savannah in 1735.
and that, to my way of thinking, means
English English – maintains its position as
the world language well into the next
--Prince of Wales, 1995
There are so many differences between us and England, of soil, climate, culture, productions, laws, religion and government, that we must be left far behind the march of circumstances, were we to hold ourselves rigorously to their standard…Judicious neology can alone give us strength and copiousness to our language, and enable it to be the vehicle of new ideas.
one. Franklin was successful, however in
changing the spelling a some words such as:
theater for theatre
honor for honour
plow for plough
curb for kerb
During the American Revolution, schoolbooks, which had previously been imported from Britain, became scarce. A Connecticut teacher called Noah Webster filled the gap by writing a speller, a grammar and a reader. His speller became a bestseller and was thus very influential.
He published The American Spelling Book in 1788 -- later to be called The Elementary Spelling Book -- and over the following 40 years the book went through about 300 editions. It sold more than 60 million copies by the end of the 19th century.
American Dictionary of the English
Language. This edition sold only 2500
copies and left him broke.
However, the book had a profound impact
on American English