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    • The Story of Human Language

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • This is from 2005

    • By David on 26-07-2018

    Non-member price: $58.45

    • Language Families of the World

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
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    Professor John McWhorter of Columbia University takes you back through time and around the world, following the linguistic trails left by generations of humans that lead back to the beginnings of language. Utilizing historical theories and cutting-edge research, these 34 astonishing lectures will introduce you to the major language families of the world and their many offspring, including a variety of languages that are no longer spoken but provide vital links between past and present. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome

    • By Anonymous User on 15-03-2019

    Non-member price: $58.45

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

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good content but can have better delivery

    • By Bhaumik on 05-10-2016

    Non-member price: $48.69

    • Language A to Z

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great easy to understand intro into the subject

    • By Anand Manu on 17-01-2017

    Non-member price: $21.90

    • Talking Back, Talking Black

    • Truths About America's Lingua Franca
    • By: John McWhorter
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Linguists have been studying Black English as a speech variety for years, arguing to the public that it is different from Standard English, not a degradation of it. Yet false assumptions and controversies still swirl around what it means to speak and sound "black." In his first book devoted solely to the form, structure, and development of Black English, John McWhorter clearly explains its fundamentals and rich history while carefully examining the cultural, educational, and political issues that have undermined recognition of this transformative, empowering dialect.

    Non-member price: $19.49

    • The Language Hoax

    • Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language
    • By: John H. McWhorter
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This short, opinionated audiobook addresses the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which argues that the language we speak shapes the way we perceive the world. Linguist John McWhorter argues that while this idea is mesmerizing, it is plainly wrong. It is language that reflects culture and worldview, not the other way around.

    Non-member price: $28.94

    • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

    • The Untold Story of English
    • By: John McWhorter
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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 Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • loved it

    • By Debra on 07-07-2016

    Non-member price: $28.94

    • Words on the Move

    • Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)
    • By: John McWhorter
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Words on the Move opens our eyes to the surprising backstories to the words and expressions we use every day. Did you know that silly once meant "blessed"? Or that ought was the original past tense of owe? Or that the suffix -ly in adverbs is actually a remnant of the word like? And have you ever wondered why some people from New Orleans sound as if they come from Brooklyn?

    Non-member price: $28.94