Re: [mythsoc] plots and pocket framistans
- Elizabeth Apgar Triano wrote:
>I haven't read it, but I thought highly of another book on his
> John McWhorter has a book called *Doing our Own Thing: The Degradation
> of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care.* It speaks to the
> very issue of why average eighth grade educated Civil War soldiers
> could write and speak so well. ---djb >>
> And I see it is 30% off on amazon. You've read it, heard good things
> about it, or just seen it among the new titles this fall? Hmm.
about language, =The Power of Babel,= so I'm making a note to
look out for this one. McWhorter is a professional linguist
himself, FWIW, and he also writes well.
- Just saw this in today's NYTimes email (free registration required; link
isn't free in about a week):
Going at the Changes in, Ya Know, English
By EMILY EAKIN
In his new book, "Doing Our Own Thing," the linguist and
cultural critic John McWhorter paints an elaborate picture
of a culture in linguistic upheaval.
Once again, mythies are ahead of the curve!
John (lurker since the GEnie days)