John Hamilton McWhorter V. — of Philadelphia, PA — got his BA in French from Rutgers, his MA in American Studies from NYU and his PhD in Linguistics from Stanford.
Currently he is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
He’s in this post because he appears to be the go to intro to Middle English – which aligns with a project we are currently working on. I’m going to look for more of his stuff. He’s very engaging, don’t you think?
The post itself, and the Chaucer Project, was inspired, in part, by some Drama Queen Hysterics recently pumped into the global infosphere as a result of diasporic Europeans facing some inconveniences in contemporary South Africa – something about renegotiating expiring leases. I didn’t look closely to see what the feinting was about – since it seemed a bit too easy to guess – but the Vikings in question were storming off to Australia, instead of heading back to Europe.
Perhaps because Europe is already full (that’s why they left in the first place (not because it gets really cold and dark and boring in the winter time, like it used to)) and there are far fewer indigenous Australians than there are indigenous Africans (or indigenous Americans, for that matter).
And then, of course, it’s probably also worth noting that certain Solution Management Activities are not quite as easy to pull off in public as they used to be.
That being said, it’s probably worth mentioning, for the odd stranger in passing – that more than a few of us here at the V are of direct Viking Descent. A little perspective seems like it’s at least usually a good thing.
Moments later . . . for starters, he delivered a wonderful TED on texting in 2013. I’ve just added it to root archive. TED is getting better at making those transcripts accessible. I wonder how the 31 languages it claims to have been translated into are. Does somebody want to look at the French and see if it’s ported automatically to Youtube’s PoP?
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