Think about this: How would you address a group of two or more people? Would you say ´´you´´, ´´you all´´, ´´yous´´, ´´you lot´´, ´´y´all´´, ´´you guys´´, ´´you´uns´´, ´´yinz´´, or something else? Would that change depending on whom you were talking to or where you were? Your answers can provide revealing insights into who you are, where you grew up or live now, and your social, economic, and educational background. Welcome to the enthralling world of linguistics. If you´ve ever been curious about how words like awesomesauce ever came to be, let alone made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, or if you´ve wondered why you say ´´firefly´´ and someone else calls the same insect a ´´lightning bug´´, English in America is for you. There´s an incredibly rich and colorful history behind American English. A profoundly diverse assortment of cultures has influenced our vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar, and the language continues to grow and shift. Dialect variations are widespread and actually increasing, and the new words, accents, and sentence structures both reflect and shape changes in our culture and society. Investigating these dialects is the domain of sociolinguistics, the study of the intricate interrelation between language variation and cultural, interpersonal, and personal identity. Over 24 lectures, you´ll encounter a wide range of ethnic and social groups that have shaped the course of the development of American English over the centuries: English speakers from all over the British Isles; speakers of West African languages; immigrants from Western and Eastern Europe; speakers of languages from Asia; and Spanish speakers from all over the world. In considering the contributions of these groups, you´ll also gain deep insights into the perceptions - and misperceptions - about language and dialect variation. As you´ll discover, American English is an umbrella term for many different EnglishES, reflecting who we have always been a... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Natalie Schilling. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000432/bk_tcco_000432_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
National security expert Loch Johnson and Reverend Roy Hawthorne on this edition of Fresh Air. Loch Johnson´s written several books about intelligence and the trade-off of personal freedom, including Bombs, Bugs, Drugs and Thugs: Intelligence and America´s Quest for Security. Johnson is a professor of political science at the University of Georgia. He has served on several US Senate committees on Intelligence. Reverend Roy Hawthorne is one of the original windtalkers. They were a group of Navajo men who developed a secret code for American World War II fighters. The Japanese were able to break every other code the military developed. The Navajo code was the only one never solved by the Japanese and is considered the key tool in winning that war. The code was declassified in 2001, and the code talkers medals of honor from President Bush. The new film Windtalkers is based on the story of the codemakers. John Woo directed the film; Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater star. Hawthorne gives talks about the codemaking process to schoolchildren nationwide. (Broadcast Date: June 12, 2002) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/020612/rt_whyy_020612_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The war lasted minutes, but the fight´s far from over.... Sergeant Danielle Walker is on a hostage rescue op in Yemen when a mysterious EMP strike changes the world. Cut off from civilization and deep within insurgent-held territory, Walker and her team must team up with old enemies to defeat a merciless invasion force...a foe that´s already mopping up their worldwide conquest. In the post-apocalyptic ruins of America, her prepper husband, Dixon, struggles to bug out of Judgment Day. None of Dixon´s expensive preparations are enough in a world on the brink of annihilation. With nothing but his wits and the clothes on his back, Dixon must survive a cutthroat new-world order to save himself and his stepdaughter. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Clay. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/046512/bk_acx0_046512_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Set in a post-apocalyptic America just after a solar storm destroyed the grid and most technology finds the hero David, of the original audiobook Preppers Road March, trying to create a sustainable life at his bug out location. I was contacted by a number of fans who wanted to inquire about what had happened to their favorite characters who first appeared in the Prepper Trilogies. I undertook the task of answering this, as a thank you to my dedicated fans, by beginning a series of Prepper Novelettes so that the characters could give voice to their own experiences from their differing personal perspectives. These are short little updating features that give my listeners ´the rest of the story´ that popular demand has requested. This is the third audiobook in the series. David and his fellow refugees who bugged out to the lake continue the struggle for everyday existence as they must range farther abroad on their ´´borrowing´´ trips for supplies. Boudreaux and Bernie have gotten the Trading Post up and running and are finding innovative ways to keep it stocked as well as guarded against a populace growing more desperate everyday. The novelletes utilize southern style language and grammar. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Duane Sharp. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/015604/bk_acx0_015604_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How many times have you seen an interesting looking bug and wondered if it was friend or foe? We´ll discuss a great new way to find out when we interview Arthur Evans, the author of the brand-new National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America. Then, the Question of the Week: weed woes got you down? Mike McGrath will help you get your garden back with tips on using flame, vinegar, soap, and your own two hands to safely remove those great plants growing in the wrong place. [Broadcast Date: August 9, 2007] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/gard/070809/rt_gard_070809_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This audiobook combines the three postapocalyptic adventure books of the Solitary Man Series. Look around. Millions of preppers are working feverishly every day to get prepared for what they fear is a disaster about to happen in America. The motivation for preparing differs for each person. Donald is getting his farmstead prepared in case a predicted solar storm takes out the electrical grid. Some folks might call what Donald is trying to create as a bug-out location. Other people consider his little rural house as an effort to become more self-sufficient, like a homesteader. Donald can agree with both lines of thinking, but the way he sees it, it is going to be his own safe haven or refuge from the NASA predicted solar storm. This book focuses on building a bug-out location from scratch, with permaculture and disaster psychology. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Duane Sharp. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/017554/bk_acx0_017554_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A concerted effort by terrorists has taken down America´s electrical grid by cyber-attack and sabotage. The survivors who are stranded on an island by an explosive attack on two hydroelectric dams are starving and weak, anxiously waiting for some form of rescue to arrive. What they shall do once ashore five weeks after the lights went out on the Nation and the cities started burning for many people is a great unknown, for others it´s going to be set off on the biggest bug out of their lives. Listen and enjoy an enchanting, humorous and sad tale of survival and prepper community spirit as it unfolds. This audiobook contains many survival and preparedness tips that are unique and are sure to please as well as entertain. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Duane Sharp. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/030068/bk_acx0_030068_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Vintage science fiction tales from an American master Big bugs, cloned cats, and feral star-children play leading roles in the seven stories that make up Fast’s unconventional and thought-provoking collection. The Edge of Tomorrow is a significant foray into science fiction by one of the 20th century’s most prolific novelists. In looking beyond our universe, Fast reveals much about the America of his time - where the Cold War and a nascent civil rights movement stoked unconscious fears and desires. From ´´The First Men´´, about scientists tampering with genetic engineering, to ´´The Large Ant´´, about a man’s thoughtless violence against nature, these stories are as relevant today as when they were first written. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven Menasche. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013736/bk_adbl_013736_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Luke is four hundred miles away from home when the first bomb drops. In seconds, his routine business trip becomes a nightmarish struggle to survive. After narrowly escaping a nuclear explosion in San Francisco, the Navy SEAL must travel through a world without rule of law. Relying on his skills and the items in his Bug Out Bag, he fights an epic battle as he struggles to get home. Nothing will stop him from getting back to his family. As his resources run out, his resourcefulness kicks in. His family´s depending on him and he won´t let them down-even if it means leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. Liz can´t believe they´re under attack. At first, it seems like things won´t be too bad. Yet within hours, it seems like the whole world´s gone crazy. With communication lines down, she´s unable to reach her husband, Luke. Getting her kids to their Bug Out Location won´t be easy, but she´s determined to make it. It´s well stocked and safely tucked away in a canyon. But as people begin to flee the cities, a new darkness spreads across America. Her struggle to survive rips apart her core values and forces her to examine what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a survivor. American Fallout is a thrilling post-apocalyptic survival prepper EMP fiction series that makes you step back and ask: Could this happen tomorrow? What would happen if the world´s nuclear arsenal was unleashed? What would you do if it happened while you were away from home? And how would your family survive? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Meyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/097150/bk_acx0_097150_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you´re looking for information on how to prepare for a short-term natural disaster, this is not the book for you. Best-selling author Jonathan Hollerman will present evidence that America as we know it could be destroyed in the near future from the loss of America´s electric grid or other societal collapse scenarios. Many preparedness ´´experts´´ severely underestimate the threat posed by millions of starving, desperate people and offer dangerous advice because of it. This preparedness guide will help you develop a plan to escape the deadly rioting and looting, showing you where you can take your family to keep them safe, even if you can´t afford a fully-stocked survival retreat. Hollerman´s in-depth expertise and recommendations will cover many topics including bug-out bags, SHTF Weapons, tactical gear, survival tools, knives, long-term food storage, livestock, bug-out locations, survival retreat recommendations, and much more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Pelletier. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061535/bk_acx0_061535_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.