[E-Book] ☆ Words on the Move: Why English Won't—and Can't—Sit Still (Like, Literally) | by Þ John McWhorter #2020


  • Title: Words on the Move: Why English Won't—and Can't—Sit Still (Like, Literally)
  • Author: John McWhorter
  • ISBN: 9781627794718
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Words on the Move: Why English Won't—and Can't—Sit Still (Like, Literally) By John McWhorter A bestselling linguist takes us on a lively tour of how the English language is evolving before our eyes and why we should embrace this transformation and not fight itLanguage is always changing but we tend not to like it We understand that new words must be created for new things, but the way English is spoken today rubs many of us the wrong way Whether it s the uA bestselling linguist takes us on a lively tour of how the English language is evolving before our eyes and why we should embrace this transformation and not fight itLanguage is always changing but we tend not to like it We understand that new words must be created for new things, but the way English is spoken today rubs many of us the wrong way Whether it s the use of literally to mean figuratively rather than by the letter, or the way young people use LOL and like, or business jargon like What s the ask it often seems as if the language is deteriorating before our eyes.But the truth is different and a lot less scary, as John McWhorter shows in this delightful and eye opening exploration of how English has always been in motion and continues to evolve today Drawing examples from everyday life and employing a generous helping of humor, he shows that these shifts are a natural process common to all languages, and that we should embrace and appreciate these changes, not condemn them.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 McWhorter encourages us to marvel at the dynamism and resilience of the English language, and his book offers a lively journey through which we discover that words are ever on the move and our lives are all the richer for it.
    John McWhorter
    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, Like, Care A weekly columnist for The New York Sun, he has also been published in The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The New York Times.Frequently sought after by the media, Professor McWhorter has appeared on Dateline NBC, Politically Incorrect, Talk of the Nation, Today, Good Morning America, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour, and Fresh Air He does regular commentaries for All Things Considered.

    Words on the Move: Why English Won't—and Can't—Sit Still (Like, Literally) By John McWhorter

    Commentaires:

    Todd Wright
    One of the few books that has substantially changed my opinion on a subject McWhorter mocks the grammar Nazis and portrays them as grammar Hitler Youth, young punks who do not really understand what they are talking about simply trying to impress others with their orthodoxy.As you would expect from a linguist, the book is very well written I recommend it like totally.

    David Huff
    This was literally a fascinating, informative, and incredibly interesting book I listened to it on Audible which I would highly recommend for this book , in a reading done by the author, John McWhorter who was very entertaining and held my interest like a laser He is a linguist, and this book will give you so many insights about why our language changes and evolves, not just over centuries, but even over decades.For instance, if someone receives poor service in a restaurant, why, in their recoun [...]

    Mark Jr.
    I ve gone through two of John McWhorter s Great Courses on language I ve read several of his books, and I m a faithful listener to his podcast When I picked up this book I suddenly realized, I know just what he s going to say I get John McWhorter But a testimony to his consummate skill as a popularizer and communicator is that I couldn t help myself and I finished the book anyway And then, particularly with regard to back shifting, McWhorter managed to say something new to me that my own reading [...]

    Jacob
    I ve been a fan of John McWhorter s ideas and personality for than 10 years now, but this is even better than his previous work including The Language Hoax which I just recently read The same pieces are here, but McWhorter s upped his game There s still insightful analysis making a field linguistics inherently interesting and engaging, but this is even focused on what would matter to a layperson It s possible I don t count as a layperson, but I m certainly not a trained linguist And doesn t ev [...]

    Jennifer
    Thanks to the generosity of author John McWhorter and Henry Holt and Company, I was able to review this ARC of Words on the Move through winning a giveaway.I love words and the stories behind them, so I was drawn to McWhorter s book from the start The book itself is one part word histories, one part linguistics, and one part professorial rambling The chapters acted like hazy meditations on a theme rather than focused on one main idea an aspect of the book that made it hard to read I found mysel [...]

    Tony
    WORDS ON THE MOVE 2016 John McWhorterTo give you a clue, the author is an associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University Some of his other books include The Language Hoax, The Power of Babel, and Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue That give you a feel of where he might be coming from The operative word in his title is words He looks at words over the years and talks about changes in their meanings, spellings, and usages It looks as if you can hang around long enough [...]

    Sana
    The twentieth century witnessed many interesting things one of them was the grammaticalization of ass Words on the Move is one phenomenal book A book with high edutainment value that I think works best as an audiobook since it s written conversationally and pronunciation is an essential part for the latter half of it Words on the Move effortlessly opens up the mind to just how and how often much often that I thought language changes i.e something that s always on the move It s hard not to think [...]

    Connie D
    I love John McWhorter He makes linguistics, language, grammar, human communication, and history so much fun Granted, I find all those subjects interesting anyway, but McWhorter makes so many clever observations and comments that it is simply entertaining He is also the rare author who delivers the perfect narration of his writing too I m guessing that s because he s used to delivering speeches as a professor.

    Shawn
    McWhorter s approach to language and linguistics is refreshing and enlightening As a trade book, I am sure the ruffles and edges of scholarly approaches are smoothed out, but McWhorter does a good job of making it simple without being simplistic In this work, McWhorter discusses how languages are constantly adapting and changing He explains how the ceaseless shifts in sounds, usages, and meanings change the language and our understanding of it For the purists out there and I have a lot of sympa [...]

    Jonathan Karmel
    This book is directed at people who are overly judgmental about the way others use English to communicate The language has always been constantly changing, so there is no one standard English that people ought to use At the end of the book, the author does, however, make the point that people should use English in a way that is appropriate to the context A person is not going to get a job by using profanity laced slang during an interview I didn t need to be convinced that there is no one right [...]

    Tracy Rowan
    I literally, like, worship John McWhorter No, you say, You don t literally worship him And quit using like Thank you, sez I, that s exactly the response I was looking for Language is a living thing, and like all living things, it grows and changes As much as the use of literally to mean something that is figurative may make you tear out your hair, there are two things you should remember First, that this is what language does, even to the point of some words coming to mean their exact opposite, [...]

    Shoshana
    What a fun and delightful book this is Written in his trademark humorous style, John McWhorter tackles the serious and engrossing subject of language change in a way that doesn t require a linguistics degree to enjoy and follow The reader is carried along on McWhorter s lively prose, learning about not only the English in which the book is written, but about human language as a whole.Linguists are not stern high school English teachers who insist on proper grammar rather, linguists are describer [...]

    Lynn
    This is an interesting book of words discussing words The premise language is a living breathing entity which is always changing You have to be fascinated by words and language to love this book John McWhorter is a English professor who specializes in linguistics He does a fantastic job of making this information palatable to non experts One way he does this is to relate his observations to real life examples and expertly uses the analogy to help one understand this complex material I listened t [...]

    Mehrsa
    I love the very accepting and generous thesis here relax about what the kids these days are saying, language always changes But i think just a few examples would have done the trick There s just a lot of examples in here of the same concept and there isn t as much history as I would have liked How words change, why Is there variations across languages Do some change than others It may be asking too much, but I guess I wasn t quite left satisfied with this book.

    Sarah Clement
    This is a really interesting book that I think every cranky grammarian prescriptivist should read, particularly those who think people should speak the Queen s or even King s English If their minds were open to it, they would have to, at the very admit, that evolution of language is a certain fact and that they are definitely not speaking the traditional, time tested language they think they are The problem, of course, is that people like that generally don t let their minds open to such revelat [...]

    Rook & Raven
    I can t recommend this book highly enough for anyone who appreciates grammar and etymology McWhorter takes what could be a dry topic and really brings it to life Reading this has gone a long way toward silencing my inner pedant, but I doubt it ll ever be completely suppressed I especially enjoyed having the author read his own title on Audible, and have since queued up all of his TED Talks that I could find

    Ilya
    In 2012 I was in Ukraine and saw a sign in English that said that some office is totally closed Dude, like, totally Why wouldn t a native English speaker ever write this And what does the like mean in dude, like, totally Since we are at it, how is really different from very A newspaper headline quotes a Spanish official who says that it is very clear that Catalan independence isn t going to happen Why is really clear inappropriate here If someone gives you an answer to this question that begins [...]

    Jenn
    A trained linguist, McWhorter will never write one of those books that grammarians delight in reading, a book that confirms our feeling that people are speaking English ALL WRONG And this is a good thing because as McWhorter demonstrates, language is meant to change.Using examples from a variety of sources including ones held up as a paragon of language , McWhorter illustrates the many ways English has changed in terms of word meaning, structure, and pronunciation His book is geared toward a gen [...]

    Ruth
    In this delightful and lively book, author John McWhorter reminds us all how fun language is how words are living, ever morphing entities that aren t meant to sit still pretty much EVER Likewise, McWhorter urges us to relinquish the stranglehold exerted by our inner grammar snobs, thus In this grand and tragic world of ours, it is rather unexpected, in itself, that anyone would experience anger in response to the construction of a sentence A student can hand in their paper anytime after Thursday [...]

    Katie
    I loved this John McWhorter makes a hilarious and convincing argument about why we shouldn t get too attached to our current vocabulary All languages not just English are constantly changing this is something he discusses in Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, but here he focuses on current trends and slang LOL, broke ass, like.What comes to mind when you see pitiful Something dirty or dilapidated It used to mean full of pity While we re on the subject, what does used to logically mean McWhorter st [...]

    Rebecca
    Absolutely fascinating in every way McWhorter addresses the slippery and constantly shifting nature of language with a plethora of examples, both old and current His prose is eminently accessible and engaging I think that everybody planning to teach Shakespeare should read the section on Shakespeare in Chapter 2 Also, if you have the opportunity, absolutely listen to the audiobook version McWhorter narrates it himself and it brings the language and his discussion to life even effectively.A def [...]

    Rob
    Really enjoyed this book and its refreshing views on languages i will say that had i read the printed version i dont think i would have enjoyed or understood as much first of all having the author pronounce the various words using the changes he referring to correctly makes understanding so much easier The humor was also great in the audio as it sounded like conversational humor, but if the book is word for word the same, i am not sure it would be half as good.Very much enjoyed the audiobook, d [...]

    Ray Campbell
    I like books about words It seems to me that every little irrational combination of sounds that come together to have a meaning is so unlikely that it s funny in and of itself So, I read books about words This was a very funny book about words McWhorter s point over all is that language is dynamic and that there are no rules despite some scholars having written rules and published them Never the less, in his attempt to make his point, he tells dozens of stories of the development of words, which [...]

    John
    I listened to the Audible version, narrated by the author This was a wise decision, he was an excellent interpreter of his own work and very engaging.I thought the book started a bit slow, but became entertaining and interesting at the end He throws a lot at you, and if you have no prior knowledge of linguistics, you will learn a lot.

    Sara
    Oh how I love John McWhorter If you have a linguistic background, you ll find the thesis rather obvious, but the examples and stories still make it very much worthwhile And if you don t, you ll be thoroughly educated and entertained Don t skip the footnotes

    Phoenix
    Classic McWhorter delightful as always There s not a whole lot in this that was new to me but I m hardcore into this stuff so there you are but I m glad to have a book specifically dedicated to language change Now I have something in particular to point to when I recommend books I know people won t read after they ve told me about how ending a sentence with a preposition is going to lead to the downfall of modern society Yes, dear pats hand Let me give you this book

    Jayme
    3.5 Stars.This was an interesting listen I really don t feel I would have gotten the same impression from it had I read a hard copy The audio, narrated by the author, interjects a bit of humor into how our language is ever evolving.

    Nick Ertz
    Another foray into the linguistic world of English This book was an easy read and made a nice introduction to how language is always changing I learned, for example that the ly at the end of many adjectives used to be the word like More fun facts to file away.

    Nikhil
    An original and delightfully nerdy linguistic analysis of how modern English came to be, this book is a must read for anyone interested in languages Alongside myriad amusing explorations into topics such as pronunciation and meanings shifting through time, this book has given me a newfound respect for bigly, nucular, and my own unconscious usage of the quotative like in daily conversation Epic recommend.

    Will
    Changed me from language conservative to liberal almost I d prided myself on being very conservative with regard to language Words on the Move has significantly changed my outlook, though not totally McWhorten presents many good arguments why we should accept that language is ever changing, but the most moving one for me is that language conservatism just might reflect a last bastion of classism That said, I cannot accept literally when the speaker really means figuratively That mis usage makes [...]

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