John McWhorter

Professor of English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics, Columbia University; Author, Words on the Move

John McWhorter is an associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, teaching linguistics, Western civilization, and music history. He’s a regular columnist on language matters and race issues for TIME and CNN, writes on language for The Atlantic, and hosts the “Lexicon Valley” podcast at Slate. McWhorter was a contributing editor at The New Republic from 2001 until 2014. A contributor to several outlets, he’s the author of multiple books on linguistics and race, including The Power of Babel; Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue; Talking Back, Talking Black; and Losing the Race. The Teaching Company has released four of his audiovisual lecture linguistics courses, and he appears regularly on Bloggingheads.TV.

Videos/Audio of John McWhorter

The evolution of the English language is more often thought of as a devolution, particularly with the infiltration of... See more
Words come at us in print, online, and on the air; in podcasts, movies, editorials, and advertorials; through e-mail,... See more
Language is a subjective thing, but one so deeply ingrained in our consciousness that accepting linguistic change... See more
Almost every kind of diversity is celebrated at American universities these days, but viewpoint diversity is... See more