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How English Got Up Close and Personal

In his new book, Words on the Move, John McWhorter delights in the fluidity of language, how it never stands still but flows and morphs like the living thing it is.
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The Root: "What's Up" Provides A Lesson In Ebonics

News : The Two-Way

As different communities within the U.S. grow and change, their language evolves with with. John McWhorter of The Root argues that Black English isn't bad English, in fact, it might even be more complex than Standard English.

The upside of language death?

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Somehow I missed John McWhorter’s article ‘The Cosmopolitan Tongue: the universality of English’ in the World Affairs Journal last month. McWhorter’s contribution is a standard description of the increasing rate of language death an...

Ask vs. Ax and the Evolution of the English Language

Politics / US Politics : Kevin Drum

In the LA Times today, John McWhorter explains why ax is so commonly used by blacks as a nonstandard pronunciation of ask. Long story short, there were several pronunciations of the word in Middle English, but by around the 16th cen...

Language Doesn’t Make The Man

Politics : The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan

John McWhorter objects to the notion, first expounded by linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf in the 1930s, that different languages produce different worldviews: Some languages are more telegraphic than others. For an English speaker, to a ...

Where Language Is Slow To Evolve

Politics : The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan

John McWhorter doubts that English will ever embrace a gender-neutral pronoun: In language there are open-class and closed-class words. Open-class ones, such as nouns and verbs, can be made up, or used in brand new ways, as new thin...


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