The author of the bestselling book "The Plantagenets" picks up the story of the English crown where his last book left off. It describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart and was replaced by the Tudors.
Two experts on American English, Allan Metcalf, author of How We Talk (Houghton Mifflin) and Joseph Pickett, editor of the American Heritage Dictionary (Houghton Mifflin), join Diane to talk about regional dialects and how they’re changing, new words entering our vocabulary, and everything else that sets the English spoken in the U.S. apart from the rest of the Anglophone world.
- Joseph Pickett editor of the "American Heritage Dictionary" (Houghton Mifflin) and expert on American English
- Allan Metcalf author of "How We Talk" (Houghton Mifflin) and expert on American English
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