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Understanding language change and how languages differ helps us see that what is often labeled "wrong" about people's speech is, in fact, a misanalysis.

From The Story of Human Language course. 

©2004 The Great Courses (P)2004 The Great Courses

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Superb -- in both content and delivery !!!

I have long been a fan of McWhorter, after first reading "Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English".

This short lecture is equally satisfying, and thoroughly enjoyable!

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Very informative!

It really opens up my mind, after having tried so hard to speak English the way I was taught. Knowing how there are so many ways to speak this language really got amazed at how far it has evolved over centuries and over lands.