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Posted February 16, 2003
Great Fun, an Academic Romp Through Linguistics
Prof. McWhorter writes very well. The book is as entertaining as it is informative. Professionals and serious amateurs in the field will have some issues with a few points he makes, but these are trivial. I recommend this wonderful read to anyone with an interest in language -- that ought to mean anyone literate. I do have one small point in critique which is not negative at all. McWhorter is hardly chauvinistic when it comes to non-Western vs. Western or even Indo-European languages; I do wonder, however, what this book would look like had it been written by a Chinese author. Mcwhorter is obviously much more comfortable with the everyday usages of English, French, Spanish, and German. Given that this book is in English, that's OK. I suppose making the reader think about just such issues is a strength of his writing and pedagogy.
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Posted January 23, 2010
I had no idea that spoken communication was so complex. I have learned that language is more than the way a sentence is spoken or organized,simple words like the,is,a,are incredible how they differentiate between language to language,and even dialect to dialect.This is a great readWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 30, 2010
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