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"One of our sharpest explainers of linguistics." - Steven Pinker"In Talking Back, Talking Black, John McWhorter, the maestro at communicating linguistics to the public, succeeds in helping the reader to 'actually hear Black English in a new way,' while hipping linguists to some features of this vibrant variety they might not have considered before." - John R. Rickford, former president of the Linguistic Society of America and coauthor of Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English"McWhorter debunks some of our most persistent myths about language." - NPR"McWhorter makes all the right arguments, and he makes them clearly." - New Yorker"Do you think Black English is a 'dialect' full of 'mistakes'? You're likely to change your mind about its 'languageness' after reading Mr.

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John McWhorter

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, philosophy, and music history at Columbia University, and writes for various publications on language issues and race issues such as Time, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Beast, CNN, and the Atlantic. he told his mother he wanted to be a "book writer" when he was five, and is happy that it worked out.

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