Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Code-Switching

I'm rather shocked, pleasantly, that Slate has managed to publish a story involving linguistics that is not completely bonkers. Chris Beam wrote a remarkably sane and thoughtful explanation of the Harry Reid kerfuffle, couching it in terms of code-switching. He also quotes John McWhorter, the LLer who has written the best analysis of the story, as far as I can tell.

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