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Jorge

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  • Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (72)
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    (69)
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    (65)

    Conventional wisdom suggests English is going to the dogs, that bad grammar, slang, and illogical constructions signal a decline in standards of usage - to say nothing of the corruption wrought by email and text messages. But English is a complicated, marvelous language. Far from being a language in decline, English is the product of surprisingly varied linguistic forces, some of which have only recently come to light. And these forces continue to push English in exciting new directions.

    Tony says: "Easy Introduction to Linguistics"
    "Excellent"
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    What made the experience of listening to Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage the most enjoyable?

    Well, this professor has a gift, he is able to talk, no matter what he says, you will not want to stop listening to him.


    What other book might you compare Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage to and why?

    The History of language


    Which character – as performed by Professor John McWhorter – was your favorite?

    There are not characters here, these are lectures, but Professor John McWhorter is a character on his own, I love when he pronounces different languages, his voice changes completely


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    not the kind of cry or laugh reaction, but makes you think, a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    the only danger I have with this professor is to believe everything he stays, but after thinking coldly, there are some points which could raise some discussion, pity this is a recording and I do not have the chance to ask him

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