McWhorter's "The Story of Human Language"
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I'm enjoying it a lot. The "Teaching Company" has always seemed a racket to me--pretentious and potted, not mention expensive. This has that element, like the silly horn music and the absurd room he's in, with the encyclopedias and silly tea-stand. But the content is great, and McWhorter even fights against the format somewhat. At one point he says that he's been told he's not moving around the room enough, so he smiles slyly, walks about four feet to the right and stands there, behaving exactly the same way as before. At various points he sings or tells off-topic jokes. As far as expensive, a friend lent me her copy.
The content is fairly elementary and much of which I already knew or knew much of. That makes it enjoyable to listen to while working, which wouldn't be possible if every word were new. And much detectably from his Power of Babble, which I enjoyed. But the format gives me the feeling I'm actually retaining more of the new information than I might otherwise, and it's really a pure pleasure.
Has anyone seen it?
I've always wished there was more solid linguistics content available on iTunes U.
Me too. Have you listened to the University of Arizona offerings?
For the most part I think they are terrific. McWhorter is a fine teacher and knows his stuff. He is also easy on the eyes. I'm 64. I need easy on the eyes!
The set on the Teaching Co. has evolved from a curtain to something a bit more presentable. The furniture changes, the tea table changes,etc. The quality of the lectures is the thing.
Before I retired from my large city library and before I decided to go to seminary I ordered a lot of T.C. lectures for my own library and or libraries around my state. If you life in MA try the Virtual Catalog. Cheers.