Fascinating story of English that continuously surprises. Well read by the author. It had me conjugating in Gaelic when my mind wandered.
50 something, retired professional, mother, grandmother, wife.
thought this might have some detail on the ordain it evolution of individual words but it us more a case for macro influences. interesting but not gripping. the author did a very good job of reading. I don't think I could have gotten through the written version of this book and I did listen to the whole book.
I am am accountant, I don't care about English, but saw John on tv and was going to see his lecture at a conference, so downloaded this book. What am awesome book, really enjoyed it, and his lecture. I liked the book so much i just logged in to download another one of his books.
Where I grew up many community's were still somewhat isolated and the English speech GRAMER was different. I learned why. I, at times would say things out of order, strange to those I was speaking to. The heavy German, Norwegian and Scandinavian influence gave me an accent that still surfaces to day after over 60 years. My grandmother, born in the USA grow up on a farm were the old language mixed with English was spoken, was the heaviest influence. Why not my mother? I have no explanation.
When I need an escape and cannot openly read a book, I whip out my headphones and press play on my Audible app.
Yes! The way in which the author speaks and writes is compelling and easily understood. It isn't full of fancy words and phrases, it's written for a layperson. It's also full of anecdotes and metaphors that help to explain how the author arrived at his conclusion and why it's important in English's history.
The Meaningless Do chapter was fantastic and makes you think
Content is ok but dry spells at times. much more for folks with linguist leanings rather than the casual curious mind, although there were still several take away points worth learning. narrator is the author, and while he has enthusiasm & delivers the nuances as intended. he sounds a bit long winded at moments.
I have listened to many of Mr. McWhorter's lectures on The Great Courses series. I have also read many of his books.
This combines both of those pleasure.
Mr. McWhorter is well-informed and speaks well. I enjoy learning about (in this case) the history of the English language, as well as his personal understanding of it. His manner is engaging and his knowledge is wide-ranging.
...to really "like" this book... Some of the points are really arcane but you appreciate the zeal of the author in making those points.