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Evolution, Devolution and Revolution in 21st Century American English--A Talk by John McWhorter

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Schapiro Hall, Davis Auditorium

Linguists tell us that we are witnessing emergent complexity and that even the Ebonics of the streets is legitimate language. Is this truth or hype? What does a combination of linguistic science and social history reveal about the nature of real language--from Shakespeare to "I know, right?"