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Lexicon Valley (Slate): What Had Happened Was Storytelling

http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/lexicon_valley/2017/01/john_mcwhorter_on_his_book_talking_back_talking_black.html

John McWhorter gives us a taste of his new book, Talking Back, Talking Black, by making a condensed case of how Black English is not a broken form of English, but a distinct linguistic entity that is, in some ways, even more complex than regular English. Includes examples from Chance the Rapper, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Living Single. If you’ve ever sneered at ebonics, you should take a listen to this.

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