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Old 01-15-2010, 02:47 AM
Jyminee Jyminee is offline
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Default Re: The Other N-Word (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

I recently read John's book "Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue," so I get what he's saying about Black English--all languages have things that don't make sense, and we only think Standard English has "proper grammar, diction and syntax" because it's our native tongue.

For example, in English we have the "meaningless do," where "do" in sentences like "they do not eat meat" serves no grammatical purpose (this usage is pretty much unique to English, although it also occurs in Welsh, which leads McWhorter to argue that the traditional understanding of the history of English is incorrect). In Spanish that sentence would be "ellos no comen carne"--there's no "do" in there.

Other languages have their own illogical usages, like gendered nouns, absurd verb cases, etc.
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