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    • The Story of Human Language

    • Autor: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Sprecher: John McWhorter
    • Spieldauer: 18 Std. und 15 Min.
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    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • solid, but less scientific than hoped

    • Von M. R. Am hilfreichsten 06.08.2017

    Regulärer Preis: 45,95 €

    • Words on the Move

    • Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)
    • Autor: John McWhorter
    • Sprecher: John McWhorter
    • Spieldauer: 7 Std. und 2 Min.
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    Words on the Move opens our eyes to the surprising backstories to the words and expressions we use every day. Did you know that silly once meant "blessed"? Or that ought was the original past tense of owe? Or that the suffix -ly in adverbs is actually a remnant of the word like? And have you ever wondered why some people from New Orleans sound as if they come from Brooklyn?

    Regulärer Preis: 22,95 €

    • Language A to Z

    • Autor: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Sprecher: John McWhorter
    • Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 13 Min.
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    Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

    Regulärer Preis: 16,95 €

    • The Language Hoax

    • Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language
    • Autor: John H. McWhorter
    • Sprecher: John McWhorter
    • Spieldauer: 5 Std. und 23 Min.
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    This short, opinionated audiobook addresses the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which argues that the language we speak shapes the way we perceive the world. Linguist John McWhorter argues that while this idea is mesmerizing, it is plainly wrong. It is language that reflects culture and worldview, not the other way around.

    Regulärer Preis: 22,95 €

    • Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage

    • Autor: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Sprecher: John McWhorter
    • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 14 Min.
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    Conventional wisdom suggests English is going to the dogs, that bad grammar, slang, and illogical constructions signal a decline in standards of usage - to say nothing of the corruption wrought by email and text messages. But English is a complicated, marvelous language. Far from being a language in decline, English is the product of surprisingly varied linguistic forces, some of which have only recently come to light. And these forces continue to push English in exciting new directions.

    Regulärer Preis: 39,95 €

    • Surprises in the Ancestry of Old English

    • Autor: John McWhorter
    • Sprecher: John McWhorter
    • Spieldauer: 30 Min.
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    Trace the evidence that English derives from a language that was incompletely learned by invaders of northern Europe more than 2,000 years ago. Where were these people from? An analysis of sound changes in their language, Proto-Germanic, leads to an intriguing hypothesis.

    Regulärer Preis: 1,95 €

    • How the Words of Modern English Emerged

    • Autor: John McWhorter
    • Sprecher: John McWhorter
    • Spieldauer: 31 Min.
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    Starting with Celtic contributions to English vocabulary, explore the borrowings from Old Norse, French, and Latin. These have enriched English with a wealth of synonyms, allowing speakers to choose between alternatives such as the Anglo-Saxon hide versus the Latinate conceal.

    Regulärer Preis: 1,95 €