EVOLUTION, DEVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION IN 21ST CENTURY AMERICAN ENGLISH a talk by John McWhorter

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Davis Auditorium at Schapiro Hall

Americans use ‘like’ as a seasoning and say ‘epic fail’ instead of ‘epic failure.’ Linguists tell us that we are witnessing emergent complexity and that even Ebonics is legitimate language. Is this truth or hype? What do linguistic science and social history reveal about the nature of real language—from Shakespeare to ‘I know, right?’

 

This event is free and open to the public

Sponsored by
Center for American Studies
Core Curriculum
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Program in Linguistics