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Language Interrupted: Signs of Non-Native Acquisition in Standard Language Grammars Hardcover – June 18, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0195309805 ISBN-10: 0195309804

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195309804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195309805
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.2 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The main virture of this book is that it is written in a clear way and is very readable in spite of the fact that McWhorter discusses a large amount of data from a variety of sources. Chapters 4-8, the test cases for the main claim of the book, are organized in a similar fashion and contain tables where data from languages are presented in a way that helps the reader to follow the analysis. This is important as the cases discussed come from different language families, so it is unlikely that the reader will be familiar with all of them. McWhorter's writing is engaging; he succeeds in looking at specific, local cases from a broad perspective and draws parallels between them. The presentation of the data is lucid and everything is connected to the central line of argumentation of the book in a direct way." --Linguist List

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John McWhorter is a Professor Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.

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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Keirsey on November 29, 2008
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John McWhorter is perspicacious observer of both culture and language. His more popular books like Authentically Black, Winning the Race, Losing the Race, and The Power of Babel are more readable because they are not written as academic tomes, but as informative and insightful subjects of his keen analysis. So why would you read this book unless you are an academic linguist?

Because John gives us another example of "evolution" that is not "strictly" biological, to better understand the *different* varieties of "evolutions," alongside procaryotic, eucaryotic, cultural, financial, and technological "organizations". Words and sounds, spoken and written evolve and devolve, and die in certain ways, just as viruses, procaryotes, eucaryotes, families, societies, and cybersocieties. [Symbotic Planet, Lynn Margulis; Hypersea, Mark McMenamin; Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond; Metaman, Gregory Stock; How we got here, Andy Kessler]
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