Word on the Street
Debunking the Myth of a Pure Standard English
By (author) John H. McWhorter
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Word on the Street by John H. McWhorter
Book DescriptionThough there is a contingent of linguists who fight the fact, our language is always changing--not only through slang, but sound, syntax, and words' meanings as well. Debunking the myth of "pure" standard English, tackling controversial positions, and eschewing politically correct arguments, linguist John McWhorter considers speech patterns and regional accents to demonstrate just how the changes do occur. Wielding reason and humor, McWhorter ultimately explains why we must embrace these changes, ultimately revealing our American English in all its variety, expressiveness, and power.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780738204468
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Perseus Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 4-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John H. McWhorter
Language Hoax, Paperback (June 2016)
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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.
Doing Our Own Thing, Paperback (November 2005)
Once languages become written, they change. This work 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 impoverished, both intellectually and artistically, a culture that hates itself.
Defining Creole, Paperback (December 2004)» View all books by John H. McWhorter
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.
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Author Biography - John H. McWhorter
John McWhorter is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. A specialist in pidgin and Creole languages, he lives in Oakland, California.
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