[Ads-l] on the origins of the English language

Geoffrey Steven Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Wed Nov 18 16:03:41 UTC 2015


McWhorter is a genuine linguist, and his historical and linguistic facts are all right on. He knows a lot about a lot of languages, including the ones referenced in the article.

There are those who argue (vehemently) with his views about linguistic simplicity, and I won't start a fire here by opining myself, but there's nothing in his discussion I would disagree with. But John's a (distant) friend, so you may consider me somewhat biased.

Geoff

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I don't know how much to trust this article=2C but it was fascinating:
https://aeon.co/essays/why-is-english-so-weirdly-different-from-other-langu=
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