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Defining Creole Paperback – February 3, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0195166699 ISBN-10: 0195166698

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"This book is a welcome addition to the linguistic literature on creole languages and is sure to provide the fodder for many a lively discusiion."--Kathe Managan, University of Michigan

"McWhorter is very good at teasing out both the small, and major, inconsistencies in our long-held assumptions about creoles and language change and whether we agree with him or not, he often shakes us out of our comfortable complacency over unchallenged issues. He's the 800 pound gorilla in the room. You may not want to hear him, but he's hard to ignore."--Linguist List

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John H. McWhorter earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University and is the author of two books on creole languages, Towards a New Model of Creole Genesis and The Missing Spanish Creoles. He has also written The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language. In addition, he writes on race and culture for the New Republic and other publications and is the author of Losing the Race, Authentically Black, and Doing Your Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care. He lives in New York City.

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