John McWhorter
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John McWhorter

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, philosophy, and music history at Columbia University, and writes for various publications on language issues and race issues such as Time, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Beast, CNN, and the Atlantic. he told his mother he wanted to be a "book writer" when he was five, and is happy that it worked out.

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    • The Story of Human Language

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Learn how a single tongue spoken 150,000 years ago evolved into the estimated 6,000 languages used around the world today....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hanging on every word

    • By Mark on 12-27-15

    Regular price: $41.95

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

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
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    Many features of English sound normal to a native speaker, but linguists find them puzzling as well as revealing....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This course will turn you into a linguistics fan!

    • By Quaker on 11-15-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Language A to Z

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259

    Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics

    • By Jacobus on 05-06-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

    • The Untold History of English
    • By: John McWhorter
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,024
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,567
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      4 out of 5 stars 2,545

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great for casual linguists

    • By Anderson on 01-11-10

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Words on the Move

    • Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)
    • By: John McWhorter
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 993
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 917

    Words on the Move opens our eyes to the surprising backstories to the words and expressions we use every day....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Literally A Great Listen

    • By sgonk on 10-02-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Talking Back, Talking Black

    • Truths About America's Lingua Franca
    • By: John McWhorter
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Linguists have been studying Black English as a speech variety for years, arguing to the public that it is different from Standard English, not a degradation of it. Yet false assumptions and controversies still swirl around what it means to speak and sound "black"....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Insightful but overall better read than listened to

    • By Josh on 05-23-19

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Language Hoax

    • Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language
    • By: John H. McWhorter
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    This short, opinionated audiobook addresses the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which argues that the language we speak shapes the way we perceive the world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I really love listening to language--and McWhorter

    • By Rachel on 03-24-16

    Regular price: $19.95

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