The content of the course is quite good; however Prof. Greenberg's delivery is absurdly melodramatic. This is supposed to be a college lecture series: he should have delivered the content like an interesting, engaging college lecturer not like an excited fan. If you can get over his delivery (use the preview), you'll likely enjoy this course.
If you haven't had any linguistics, go for it. You'll find this course series worth the time. Prof. McWhorter has a very natural lecture style and can convey the concepts clearly and interestingly.
If you've studied some linguistics (e.g., if you've take a 100-level university linguistics survey course already), you've probably already been exposed to all the content in this lecture series.
A good survey of the history of language. Perhaps a bit Euro-centric, but that seems to have been a deliberate choice to more readily engage listeners, many of whom are likely to have studied a Romance or Germanic language in high school or college.
Prof.McWhorter's delivery is natural and easy to follow, especially compared to some of the other Great Courses lectures I've listened to.
Quite a bit of overlap with his other lecture series, "Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage".
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