Before you watch
John Hamilton McWhorter V /məkˈhwɔːrtər/ is an American linguist with a specialty in creole languages, sociolects, and Black English. He is currently associate professor of linguistics at Columbia University, where he also teaches American studies and music history. He has also authored books on race relations and African-American culture.
pragmatic particles help to structure the communication process and to embed utterances into their communicative context. They do not contribute to the propositional content of an utterance, but indicate the beginning, continuation and end of a turn, they can indicate a coherence break in the ongoing discourse, or signal the background or foreground status of a stretch of discourse
artifice — a clever trick or stratagem; a crafty device or expedient
mundane — common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative
While you watch
While watching, pay attention to the following words and expressions in context. Use them in your answers to the questions below and discussion.
much loose/ much more telegraphic/ much less reflective
marker of accommodation/ marker of empathy/ new information marker
expansion of linguistic repertoire
After you watch
Answer the questions:
- Does texting mean the death of good writing skills?
- What are the distinguishing features of casual speech?
Discuss in pairs:
- How does casual speech differ from the language of electronic communications?
- Do you think language will deteriorate in the era of the Internet?