Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 20:52:12 -0500
From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" DUMASB[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTKVX.UTK.EDU
Subject: American Tongues
Let me, to quote a phrase, see if I have this straight. There is a
video, "American Tongues," that many of us think is an excellent intro
to variation in these United States. This video exists in several (at
least two) versions, at least one of which is an "expurgated" versison
that deletes the n- word episode (and possibly other episodes).
Floating around the universe are two "indexes," one (mine) of which is a
class handout designed to give students a reminder of what they have just
seen for discussion purposes. The other one, which many purchasers of the
video have not ever seen (I have not), is a more comprehensive study guide and
index. It was prepared by Walt Wolfram and is sometimes provided to
purchasers of the tape.
It is apparently not possible to tell by examining the videotape which version
one has. One version may have been prepared for high school students.
For the record: I sent to the list this week the class handout I prepared
for my students. It IS accurate for one version of the video. If it does not
track YOUR version, then you have a different version of the video.
What I would like to know now is: how many versions of the video have been
commercially distributed? Is it possible to get copies of all versions?
How does one purchase a copy of Wolfram's Study Guide?