Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Doing Our Own Thing by John H. McWhorter

Is the English language in decline? Is contemporary music a pale imitation of the musical riches of the past? John McWhorter argues in this provocative, controversial book that the legacy of the 1960's has caused us to value the verbal and the oral over the written forms of language and music, impoverishing our culture. 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, Jon 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, a culture that hates itself.

Buy Doing Our Own Thing by John H. McWhorter from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

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

Other Editions - Doing Our Own Thing by John H. McWhorter

Book Reviews - Doing Our Own Thing by John H. McWhorter

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Doing Our Own Thing book by John H. McWhorter and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


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.

Books By John H. McWhorter

Language Hoax by John H. McWhorter
Paperback, June 2016
$25.82
Language Interrupted by John H. McWhorter
Hardback, June 2007
$82.76
Defining Creole by John H. McWhorter
Paperback, December 2004
$94.46
Word on the Street by John H. McWhorter
Paperback, January 2001
$31.09