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Transatlantic Bridge: A Concise Guide to American and British English [Kindle Edition]

Alfred Corn
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Book Description

Poet, fiction writer, and critic Alfred Corn applies his special language skills to a comparison of the two dominant versions of the English language. The United States and Britain have been described as "divided by a common language," but this guide will help speakers from both countries make their way in the other. Pronunciation, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation are all discussed, and there is a brief presentation of British and American slang. The result is an accessible and succinct overview appropriate for tourists, for teachers of English as a foreign language, for book and magazine editors, for actors, and for courses on British and American literature.

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  • File Size: 198 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Publisher: thEbooks (February 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ATF716
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Celebration March 27, 2012
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Concise it is, as a field guide is. Transatlantic Bridge captures the way one animal, the English language, has adapted to different habitats and evolved. They're still the same species and breed happily together, but Corn's ear for nuance and poet's insight celebrate the worlds that shape the words as well as the words themselves. A Galapagos expedition for language lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but also Good Fun for Lovers of Language March 27, 2012
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The introduction tells us how this book will be useful for people who feel that England and America are "divided by a common language," but what it doesn't say is how very entertaining the book is for anyone who cares for the English language. Corn's writing is crisp and to the point enough that the book does, in fact, serve as a handy reference, but he's got such a good ear for idioms and such a fine, to-the-point way of showing the differences between American English and the language as it is spoken in England that you'll find yourself rooting around just for the sake of the love of words. Highly recommended!
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ABOUT ALFRED CORN

Alfred Corn was born in Bainbridge, Georgia, in 1943. He grew up in Valdosta, Georgia, and received his B.A. in French literature from Emory University in 1965. He was awarded an M.A. in French literature from Columbia University in 1967, his degree work including a year spent in Paris on a Fulbright Fellowship and two years of teaching in the French Department at Columbia College. His first book of poems, All Roads at Once, appeared in 1976, followed by A Call in the Midst of the Crowd (1978), The Various Light (1980), Notes from a Child of Paradise (1984), The West Door (1988), Autobiographies (1992). His seventh book of poems, titled Present, appeared in 1997, along with a novel titled Part of His Story, and a study of prosody, The Poem's Heartbeat. Stake: Selected Poems, 1972-1992, appeared in 1999, followed by Contradictions in 2002. He has also published a collection of critical essays titled The Metamorphoses of Metaphor (1988) and a work of art criticism, Aaron Rose Photographs (Abrams, 2001). In 2008, his Atlas: Selected Essays, 1989-2007 was published by the University of Michigan Press. Fellowships and prizes awarded for his poetry include the Levinson Prize from Poetry magazine, a Guggenheim fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Award in Literature from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and one from the Academy of American Poets. He has taught at the City University of New York, Columbia, Yale, Connecticut College, the University of Cincinnati, U.C.L.A., Ohio State University, Hofstra University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Tulsa. A contributor to The New York Times Book Review and The Nation, he also writes art criticism for Art in America and ARTnews magazines. He has twice been a fellow of the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center at Bellagio and held the Amy Clampitt Residency in Lenox, Massachusetts, for 2004-2005. In London, later that year, he taught a course for the Poetry School, and one for the Arvon Foundation at Totleigh Barton, Devon. His play Lowell's Bedlam opened in the spring of 2011 at Pentameters Theatre in London. He spends part of every year in the U.K., and for the spring term of 2012, he was a resident fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University, working on a translation of Rilke's Duino Elegies. After that stay he returned as a Life Fellow for 2013. His first ebook, Transatlantic Bridge: A Concise Guide to the Differences Between American and British English was published in 2012. And his newest book of poems, titled Tables, was published by Press53 in 2013.


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