John McWhorter

Watch John McWhorter’s TED Talk “Txtng is killing language. JK!!!”

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Read John McWhorter’s moving, personal essay about the “black sound” in Guernica and find his fascinating exploration of the historical reasons behind the “weirdness” of the English language in Aeon.

Read John McWhorter’s latest dispatches on linguistics at The Atlantic.

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, Western civilization, music history, and American studies at Columbia University. A New York Times best-selling author and TED speaker, he is a columnist for, a regular contributor to the Atlantic, a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC, and the host of Slate’s language podcast Lexicon Valley. His books on language include The Power of BabelOur Magnificent Bastard Tongue; Words on the MoveTalking Back, Talking Black; and The Creole Debate.

BLP Conversations: John McWhorter & Kia Corthron