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Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English
by John McWhorter
A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammarWhy do we say “I am reading a catalog” instead of “I read a catalog”? Why do we say “do” at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent...
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Categories: All Politics, History and Current Events
Words on the Move: Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)
by John McWhorter
A bestselling linguist takes us on a lively tour of how the English language is evolving before our eyes -- and why we should embrace this transformation and not fight itLanguage is always changing -- but we tend not to like it. We understand that new words must be created for new things, but the way English is spoken today rubs many of...
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Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca
by John McWhorter
“Superb.” —Steven Pinker“An explanation, a defense, and, most heartening, a celebration. . . . McWhorter demonstrates the ‘legitimacy’ of Black English by uncovering its complexity and sophistication, as well as the still unfolding journey that has led to its creation. . . . [His] intelligent breeziness is the source of the...
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Word On The Street: Debunking The Myth Of A Pure Standard English
by John Mcwhorter
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...
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Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America
by John McWhorter
In his first major book on the state of black America since the New York Times bestseller Losing the Race, John McWhorter argues that a renewed commitment to achievement and integration is the only cure for the crisis in the African-American community. Winning the Race examines the roots of the serious problems facing black Americans...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Politics, History and Current Events
Authentically Black
by John McWhorter
The critically acclaimed book from the bestselling author of Losing the Race and The Power of Babel John McWhorter is one of the most original and provocative thinkers on the issue of race in America today. In Authentically Black McWhorter argues that although African-Americans stress hard work and initiative in private, they...
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Categories: All Biographies & Memoirs; All Nonfiction; All Politics, History and Current Events
All about the Beat: Why Hip-Hop Can't Save Black America
by John McWhorter
The bestselling commentator, hailed for his frank and fearless arguments on race, imparts a scathing look at the hypocrisy of hip-hop—and why its popularity proves that black America must overhaul its politics. One of the most outspoken voices in America’s cultural dialogues, John McWhorter can always be counted on to provide...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Politics, History and Current Events
Language Interrupted: Signs of Non-Native Acquisition in Standard Language Grammars
by John McWhorter
Foreigners often say that English language is "easy." A language like Spanish is challenging in its variety of verb endings (the verb speak is conjugated hablo, hablas, hablamos ), and gender for nouns, whereas English is more straight forward (I speak, you speak, we speak). But linguists generally swat down claims that certain...
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