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    • The Story of Human Language

    • By: The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated by: Professor John McWhorter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
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    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again

    • By SAMA on 03-11-14

    Regular price: $41.95

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

    • By: The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated by: Professor John McWhorter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
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    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.

    • 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: The Great Courses, John McWhorter Ph.D. Stanford University
    • Narrated by: Professor John McWhorter Ph.D. Stanford University
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
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    Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

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    • A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics

    • By Jacobus on 05-06-14

    Regular price: $14.95