McWhorter on "Negro English"

Gordon, Matthew J. GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU
Wed Jan 13 19:24:13 UTC 2010

I'm not sure where you got that impression, Terry. McWhorter's views are pretty much in line with the received wisdom within linguistics. For example in the  piece linked in this thread, he says, "Black English is as systematic as standard English, and what we hear as "mistakes" are just variations, not denigrations."

-Matt Gordon

On 1/13/10 1:13 PM, "Terry Irons" <t.irons at MOREHEADSTATE.EDU> wrote:

See Matthew 7:4-6 or Luke 6: 41-42.

While McWhorter is well published, he views AAVE as a degenerate form of
standard English, not a legitimate variety of language.

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