It takes total immersion, typically from childhood, to truly learn a language.
unrelated to this episode but i am struggling to understand how presently written word such as "lean" would be pronounced prior to the Great Vowel Shift as well as immediately afterwards. Might 'lean' as in "McLean" be pronounced "Linn".
A propos of something completely different, why is "racialized" an acceptable descriptor for persons of colour or religions other than Christian?
It sounds wrong to me.
Vulgar language is neither cool nor trendy, it is ugly. When someone of McWhorter’s stature uses vulgarity, such usage is given validity. Reflect upon that.