Doing Our Own Thing
The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care
By (author) John H. McWhorter
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Doing Our Own Thing by John H. McWhorter
Book DescriptionOnce languages become written, they change. Only in writing does language develop the artfulness and richness that we associate with a Shakespeare, a Proust or a Whitman. Yet over the last forty years, the English-language has effectively gone into reverse - taking our lead from America and the legacy of the 1960s, our culture increasingly privileges the oral over the written, spurning the art of elaborated, 'written'-style language in favour of returning to the state of a spoken culture. Parallel developments have occurred in music. In this controversial and thought-provoking book, John McWhorter argues that the 1960's rejection of cultural traits associated with the Establishment, as well as a democratic celebration of what anyone can do over what requires training or talent, has led to our culture being increasingly impoverished, both intellectually and artistically...
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099445357
(198mm x 130mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John H. McWhorter
Language Hoax, Paperback (June 2016)
A provocative argument against the idea that we view the world through the lens of the language we speak.
Language Interrupted, Hardback (June 2007)
In Language Interrupted, linguist John McWhorter agrees that all languages are complex, but questions whether or not they are all equally complex. The topic of complexity has become a hot issue in recent years, particularly in creole studies, historical linguistics, and language contact.
Defining Creole, Paperback (December 2004)
Gathers published articles on creole languages and their origins by John H McWhorter, a scholar in the field. This book defends his hypothesis that creole languages are synchronically distinguishable from older grammars, addressing the intersection between creole genesis and language change.
Word on the Street, Paperback (January 2001)» View all books by John H. McWhorter
A barbed rebuttal to the conservative view that popular culture is destroying the English language.
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Author Biography - John H. McWhorter
John McWhorter is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and an associate Professor of Linguistics at UC Berkeley. He is the author of The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language, as well as a book about black English, The Word on the Street.
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