John McWhorter

John McWhorter


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in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The United States
October 01, 1965

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Dr. John McWhorter is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He earned his B.A. from Rutgers University, his M.A. from New York University, and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stanford University. Before taking his position at the Manhattan Institute, he held teaching positions at Cornell University, where he held the position of Assistant Professor, and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he held the position of Associate Professor.

Professor McWhorter specializes in language change and language contact. He is the author of The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language; The Word on the Street, a book on dialects and Black English; and Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music in America and Why We Should
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“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 McWhorter, Word on the Street: Debunking the Myth of "Pure" Standard English

“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

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