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  • Authentically Blackby John McWhorter

    Penguin Publishing Group 2003; US$ 9.32

    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 the... more...

  • Winning the Raceby John McWhorter

    Penguin Publishing Group 2005; US$ 12.82

    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 todaypoverty,... more...

  • All about the Beatby John McWhorter

    Penguin Publishing Group 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...

  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongueby John McWhorter

    Penguin Publishing Group 2008; US$ 9.32

    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...

  • Language Change and Language Contact in Pidgins and Creolesby John McWhorter

    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...

  • The Power Of Babelby John McWhorter

    Random House 2011; US$ 18.32

    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...

  • Doing Our Own Thingby John McWhorter

    Random House 2011; US$ 18.32

    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...

  • Language Interruptedby John McWhorter

    Oxford University Press 2007; US$ 79.99

    In Language Interrupted , linguist John McWhorter agrees that all languages are complex, but questions whether or not they are all equally complex. The topic of complexity has become a hot issue in recent years, particularly in creole studies, historical linguistics, and language contact. more...

  • Talking Back, Talking Blackby John McWhorter

    Bellevue Literary Press 2016; US$ 19.99

    An authoritative, impassioned celebration of Black English, how it works, and why it matters more...

  • Word On The Streetby John Mcwhorter

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 24.00

    Though there is a contingent of linguists who fight the fact, our language is always changing--not only through slang, but sound, syntax, and words' meanings as well. Debunking the myth of "pure" standard English, tackling controversial positions, and eschewing politically correct arguments, linguist John McWhorter considers speech patterns and regional... more...