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- Penguin Group US 2008; US$ 12.99
A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar Why do we say ?I am reading a catalog? instead of ?I read a catalog?? Why do we say ?do? at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Language distills... more...
- Penguin Group US 2003; US$ 13.00
The critically acclaimed book from the bestselling author of Losing the Race and The Power of Babel John McWhorter is one of the most original and provocative thinkers on the issue of race in America today. In Authentically Black McWhorter argues that although African-Americans stress hard work and initiative in private, they have assumed... more...
- Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 56.99
Gathers articles on creole languages and their origins, by John H McWhorter, a unique and often controversial scholar in the field. This book is of interest to scholars and students of creole and pidgin studies, and lingustics more broadly. more...
- Penguin Group US 2005; US$ 28.00
In his first major book on the state of black America since the New York Times bestseller Losing the Race , John McWhorter argues that a renewed commitment to achievement and integration is the only cure for the crisis in the African-American community. Winning the Race examines the roots of the serious problems facing black Americans today?poverty,... more...
- Penguin Group US 2008; US$ 20.00
The bestselling commentator, hailed for his frank and fearless arguments on race, imparts a scathing look at the hypocrisy of hip-hop?and why its popularity proves that black America must overhaul its politics. One of the most outspoken voices in America?s cultural dialogues, John McWhorter can always be counted on to provide provocative viewpoints... more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 2000; US$ 240.00
This book collects a selection of fifteen papers presented at three meetings of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics in 1996 and 1997. The focus is on papers which approach issues in creole studies with novel perspectives, address understudied pidgin and creole varieties, or compellingly argue for controversial positions. The papers demonstrate... more...
- Random House 2011; US$ 19.07
There can be few subjects of such widespread interest and fascination to anyone who reads as the strange ways of languages. In this wonderfully entertaining and fascinating book, John McWhorter introduces us to 'the natural history of language': from Russonorsk, a creole of Russian and Norwegian once spoken by trading fur trappers to an Australian... more...
- Random House 2011; US$ 13.19
Once languages become written, they change. Only in writing does language develop the artfulness and richness that we associate with a Shakespeare, a Proust or a Whitman. Yet over the last forty years, the English-language has effectively gone into reverse - taking our lead from America and the legacy of the 1960s, our culture increasingly privileges... more...
- University of California Press 2000; US$ 15.95
John McWhorter challenges an enduring paradigm among linguists in this provocative exploration of the origins of plantation creoles. Using a wealth of data--linguistic, sociolinguistic, historical--he proposes that the "limited access model" of creole genesis is seriously flawed. more...