Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage Unabridged (mp3) 12hrs

Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage Unabridged (mp3) 12hrs







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Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage Unabridged (mp3) 12hrs




Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage

Delivered by: Professor John McWhorter (Columbia University)

Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins

Release Date: 07-08-13

Publisher: The Great Courses

Is English broken? Do bad grammar, slang, and illogical constructions signal a decline in standards of usage? Do e-mail and text messages corrupt the art of writing? In short, is our language going to the dogs?

It’s easy to think so, just as it’s easy to listen to people speaking a foreign language and think that they’re doing something more complicated and interesting than we’re doing in speaking English. But English is complicated and interesting too. Consider the real truth behind these widespread beliefs:

English is in crisis: False. English has been undergoing fundamental change for centuries. Novelty and caprice have created not just slang but the very foundations of what we think of as the best parts of English.

Latin is more perfect than modern languages: False. By historical accident, Latin became the standard for grammatical rigor. But countless languages, including English, are Latin’s equal in precision and expressive power.

Grammar should be logical: False. A double negative is unacceptable in standard English because it implies a positive. But many languages use it without misunderstanding, along with other constructions that defy strict logic.

Texting degrades writing: False. Text messages and e-mail are not crowding out other forms of language. Instead, they fill an important niche—informal writing—that until now had no adequate outlet.

The modern attitude toward English is filled with such misconceptions that obscure the true picture of what a marvelous language it is. Far from being a language in decline, English is the product of surprisingly varied linguistic forces, some of which have only recently come to light. And these forces continue to push English in new directions—in defiance of those who long for an age of formal perfection that never existed.

Taught by acclaimed linguist, author, and Professor John McWhorter of Columbia University, Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage dispels the cloud of confusion that clings to English, giving you a crystal-clear view of why we use it the way we do and where it fits into the diverse languages of the world. After completing these 24 lectures, you will think about how you use English in a new way, listen to others with discernment and fascination, and take joy in speaking such a wonderfully idiosyncratic tongue.

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交付人:John McWhorter教授(哥伦比亚大学)









短信降低写作:假。短信和电子邮件没有挤出其他形式的语言。相反,他们填补了一个重要的利基非正式写作 - 到现在为止没有足够的渠道。

对英语的现代态度充斥着这样的误解,掩盖了一种奇妙的语言的真实情况。英语不仅不是一种衰落的语言,而且是令人惊讶的各种语言力量的产物,其中一些只是最近才发现。这些力量继续推动英语在新的方向 - 反对那些长期以来从未存在的正式完美时代的人。

由着名的语言学家,作家,哥伦比亚大学的John McWhorter教授,语言使用的神话,谎言和半真理教授,消除了对英语的迷惑之云,让您清楚了解为什么我们以这种方式使用它X-完成这24场讲座后,您将会考虑如何以新的方式使用英语,以辨别和迷恋方式聆听别人,并以愉快的语言来表达这种奇特的特质。

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