Doing Our Own Thing by John H. McWhorter
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Doing Our Own Thing
By John H. McWhorter

Doing Our Own Thing

The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care

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Doing Our Own Thing by John H. McWhorter

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Once 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 Details

ISBN: 9780099445357
ISBN-10: 0099445352
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 130mm x 19mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 3-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Language Interrupted by John H. McWhorter Language Interrupted, Hardback (June 2007)

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Defining Creole by John H. McWhorter 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 by John H. McWhorter Word on the Street, Paperback (January 2001)

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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