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Word On The Street: Debunking The Myth Of A Pure Standard English

John Mcwhorter Basic Books, Jan 25, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 294 pages 1 Review 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. Preview this book »

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The word on the street: fact and fable about American English

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In the first section of this enlightening book, McWhorter (linguistics, Berkeley) examines language as "a system that is at all times on its way to changing into a different one." Not only are new ... Read full review

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I learned a lot, most importantly the attitude of appreciation for this wonderful human invention of language.

Contents

Introduction 1 Language A Living Organism 5 The Heart of the Matter Lava Lamps and Language 7 Natural Seasonings The Linguistic Melting Pot 35 Leave Your Language Alone The Speech Error Hoax 61 In Centenary Honor of Mark H Liddell The Shakespearean Tragedy 87 Missing the Nose on Our Face Pronouns and the Feminist Revolution 117 Black English Is You Is or Is You Aint a Language? 127 An African Language in North Philadelphia? Black English and the Mother Continent 155 Dialect in the Headlines Black English in the Classroom? 201 As We Travel On 263 Sources 273 Acknowledgments 283 Index 285 Copyright

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Word On The Street: Debunking The Myth Of A Pure Standard English
John Mcwhorter
Limited preview - 2009
The Word on the Street: Fact and Fable about American English
John H. McWhorter
Snippet view - 1998
The Word on the Street: Fact and Fable about American English
John H. McWhorter
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About the author (2001)

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.

Bibliographic information

Title Word On The Street: Debunking The Myth Of A Pure Standard English Author John Mcwhorter Edition illustrated Publisher Basic Books, 2001 ISBN 0738204463, 9780738204468 Length 294 pages Subjects Language Arts & Disciplines  › Linguistics  › General

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