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John McWhorter


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in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The United States
October 06, 1965

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John Hamilton McWhorter (Professor McWhorter uses neither his title nor his middle initial as an author) is an American academic and linguist who is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy, and music history. He is the author of a number of books on language and on race relations. His research specializes on how creole languages form, and how language grammars change as the result of sociohistorical phenomena.

A popular writer, McWhorter has written for Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Politico, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, The New York D
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More books by John McWhorter…
“English, however, is kinky. It has a predilection for dressing up like Welsh on lonely nights.”
John McWhorter, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English

“A person you excuse from any genuine challenge is a person you do not truly respect.”
John McWhorter, Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America

“Prescriptive grammar has spread linguistic insecurity like a plague among English speakers for centuries, numbs us to the aesthetic richness of non-standard speech, and distracts us from attending to genuine issues of linguistic style in writing.”
John H. McWhorter, Word on the Street: Debunking the Myth of "Pure" Standard English

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