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General Information

Name:  Allan A. Metcalf  

Pen Name: Allan Metcalf

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Audience: Adult;

Born: 1940 in Clayton, Missouri


-- Website -- http://www.allanmetcalf.com
-- Allan A. Metcalf on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=allan+a.+metcalf


Illinois Connection

Allan Metcalf grew up in Chicago's Hyde Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Allan Metcalf is Professor of English at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois. He earned a B.A. from Cornell University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1981, Metcalf has been executive secretary of the American Dialect Society, a national scholarly association for the study of American English, past and present.


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America in so many words :
ISBN: 0395860202. OCLC Number: 42856014

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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.

An Index by region, usage, and etymology to the Dictionary of American regional English, volumes I and II.
ISBN: 0817306943. OCLC Number: 27266306

Published for the Society by the University of Alabama Press,. .

Chicano English /
ISBN: 0872811077. OCLC Number: 5960251

Center for Applied Linguistics,. .

Essentials of writing to the point /
ISBN: 0155017098. OCLC Number: 32015077

Harcourt Brace College Publishers,. .

How we talk :
ISBN: 9781849722018. OCLC Number: 436847602

Houghton Mifflin ;. .

Explicates the key features that make American speech so expressive and distinct.

How we talk :
ISBN: 0618043624. OCLC Number: 44683508

Houghton Mifflin,. .

"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.

OK :
ISBN: 9780199892532. OCLC Number: 772968085

Oxford University Press,. .

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.

OK :
ISBN: 0195377931. OCLC Number: 670228836

Oxford University Press,. .

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.

Predicting new words :
ISBN: 9780618130085. OCLC Number: 49843979

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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 :
ISBN: 0618443746. OCLC Number: 60386369

Houghton Mifflin,. .

Research to the point /
ISBN: 0155014811. OCLC Number: 32466233

Harcourt Brace College Publishers,. .

The world in so many words :
ISBN: 0395959209. OCLC Number: 41380428

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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.

Writing to the point /
ISBN: 0974407194. OCLC Number: 660169846

Birch Grove Publishing,. .