Word on the Street by John H. McWhorter
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Word on the Street
By John H. McWhorter

Word on the Street

Debunking the Myth of a Pure Standard English

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Word on the Street by John H. McWhorter

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Though 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 Details

ISBN: 9780738204468
ISBN-10: 0738204463
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 302
Imprint: Perseus Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 4-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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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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