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Myths, lies, and half-truths of language usage

Author: John H McWhorter; Teaching Company.
Publisher: Chantilly, Va : Teaching Co., ©2012.
Series: Great courses (Compact disc)
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Is English broken? Do bad grammar, slang, and illogical constructions signal a decline in standards of usage? Do e-mail and text messages corrupt the art of writing? In short, is our language going to the dogs? Taught by acclaimed linguist, author, and Professor John McWhorter of Columbia University, this course dispels the cloud of confusion that clings to English, giving you a crystal-clear view of why we use it  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording, Book
All Authors / Contributors: John H McWhorter; Teaching Company.
ISBN: 9781598038200 1598038206 1490652329 9781490652320
OCLC Number: 783794357
Notes: Compact discs.
Performer(s): Professor John McWhorter, Columbia University.
Description: 12 audio discs (12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (vi, 147 pages ; 19 cm).
Contents: Alarm over the decay of English --
Surprises in the ancestry of Old English --
Not exactly Anglo-Saxon --
Don't forget the Celtic connection --
From insider language to Lingua Franca --
English as easy German --
The Viking conquest of English --
How the words of modern English emerged --
Black English--
the streamlining continues --
Honored conceits of blackboard grammar --
Pronoun fashions come and go --
Wrong then, proper now--
and vice versa --
A procession of accidents and fossils --
The pursuit of logic in language --
Clarity as the logic of language --
20th-century fashions from Strunk & White --
The kinds of grammar you don't hear about --
Linguists uncovering grammar we all use --
Speech versus writing--
different languages --
Speechmaking--
from oratory to plain speaking --
The old and new styles of writing --
Got poetry? Language with spice --
Why texting is misunderstood --
The living past and future of English.
Series Title: Great courses (Compact disc)
Responsibility: John H. McWhorter.

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Is English broken? Do bad grammar, slang, and illogical constructions signal a decline in standards of usage? Do e-mail and text messages corrupt the art of writing? In short, is our language going to the dogs? Taught by acclaimed linguist, author, and Professor John McWhorter of Columbia University, this course dispels the cloud of confusion that clings to English, giving you a crystal-clear view of why we use it the way we do and where it fits into the diverse languages of the world. After completing these 24 lectures, you will think about how you use English in a new way, listen to others with discernment and fascination, and take joy in speaking such a wonderfully idiosyncratic tongue.

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