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Word on the Street

A barbed rebuttal to the conservative view that popular culture is destroying the English language.. 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.
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John McWhorter is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley and a specialist in pidgin and Creole languages.


"Word on the Street is one of the best books ever written on language and public affairs." Steven Pinker author of The Language Instinct and Words and Rules

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