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

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Wed Nov 18 17:28:25 UTC 2015


This article gets it right on the major points, but many of the specific
examples McWhorter provides here are just wrong. It's sloppy research, and
uncharacteristic of him. Not his best work by far.


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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

Geoffrey S. Nathan
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and Professor, Linguistics Program
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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=
ages

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