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John H. McWhorter

John H. McWhorter

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, philosophy, and music history at Columbia University and is the author of The Language Hoax, Words on the Move, and Talking Back, Talking Black.

When I got my doctorate in linguistics from Stanford University in 1993, the furthest thing imaginable to me was that, ten years later, I would...

Last September, America’s most popular movie was, briefly, an amusing if rather ordinary film called Barbershop. What made the movie notorious were a few lines...