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Language Expert: Donald Trump's Way Of Speaking Is 'Oddly Adolescent' | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Feb 20, 2020
let's agree for the sake of the next conversation that

donald

trump

uses the most colorful

language

of any president at least in the modern age and says some of the most questionable things and that's where our next guest comes in. John McWhorter is a linguist who has he has a PhD in the field he teaches at Columbia and he's written a lot and he's also colorful when he talks about Donald Trump and specifically how this president talks which is why we talked about that with Professor John McWhorter. Thanks for joining us. Thanks Bryan. i wanted to ask you what is your linguistic definition of this president

donald

trump

linguistically it has no frills this is the basics this is definitely what

language

was like when it first arose among people who couldn't write and we're getting their verbal understanding for the first time sealegs this is where it started and just like so many others donald trump is an original which would mean education and schooling has had no effect on his use of l In his language he is quick to remind us that he went to the best schools mhm and that he learned nothing from them.
language expert donald trump s way of speaking is oddly adolescent the 11th hour msnbc
He speaks like someone who has not paid attention to one of the goals of education, which is to refine our natural and innate inclinations for speech, which are excellent for casual conversation. circumstances, but he uses those same ways of

speaking

and what most of us used to consider formal and important circumstances. I think in his line of work they call it a tag when something is added to the end of the traditional sentence, so he'll often tag a sentence with believe me believe me and enforce something he thought was missing from the original sentence mhm is he's reinforcing and it's also using oral speech where what we're always doing is checking that the other person understands what we're saying that they're in the same boat as us so that's what they know that's what things can be like lol on texting he does it too but again it's not on texting he's doing it in a formal circle. circumstances, which means that he never leaves the realm of the casual when he speaks, which is different even from indigenous societies where there is no reading or writing, but there is always a high way of

speaking

and a low way of speaking, the boss doesn't. just get up and open your mouth ours is there a friend from our broadcast?
language expert donald trump s way of speaking is oddly adolescent the 11th hour msnbc

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Eli chuckles that he works for The Wall Street Journal which has covered him for some time and says that about Donald Trump there are visual and audio cues that he peppers his speech with. If you know what's coming, you know what's coming. I want to run a montage of a Trump phrase that people don't know and reading Eli Stone Cole, people don't know for Donald Trump means I just learned. These are the examples. France is from the United States. first and oldest ally many people don't know our first republican president abraham lincoln ran his first campaign for public office in 1832 great president most people don't even know he was a republican right wing does anyone know?
language expert donald trump s way of speaking is oddly adolescent the 11th hour msnbc
I know a lot of people don't realize that people don't realize that we are an incredibly divided country, but now I have to tell you that this is an incredibly complex subject. No one knew that medical care could be so complicated. aspect of him, I can't say anything particularly linguistic about it, it's because he has this need to be the alpha male, that thing most people don't know that this comes from that same well, the idea is that he's always the one unique steps up and in that frankly i don't find him as linguistically challenged as someone who is

oddly

adolescent

for someone who is an older person what about his other favorites believe me and more than ever before or more than we've ever seen before? well, some of it is because it's really just me.
language expert donald trump s way of speaking is oddly adolescent the 11th hour msnbc
I'm sorry to say but there are so many thoughts and so often he talks and I think he runs out of new ones so he covers it up with things like believe. i or can never be th at something is that it is very bad or very very bad those are their equivalents of roughly um or head scratching i think often the content of what he says is much thinner than the bulk of the verbiage he spits out he's 71 years old he's now president in an era of real time instant fact checking he's not used to having his kind of off the cuff superlatives being checked in real time do you think he's stumbled upon that dynamic yeah it's unfortunate because I don't think it's going to change that way she just doesn't have deodorant she wears on sunday the best way to talk and that includes you have to have a more responsible sense of truth than when you're just kissing your friends when we talk casually. the moment we say things where maybe if we check it out things might be different he doesn't understand that if you're president of the united states you can't just talk it sounds like you're just talking because you're moving your mouth and vibrating your vocal chords but there's another art you're supposed to master he wasn't interested in that sort of thing let's say in school this is someone who is insensitive to wit has a rather narcotic joy in dismissal and belittling instead of building and decorating and that's why he's going to keep running into that wall he doesn't understand that when you're president you have to think about things like what we might call truth conditions in linguistics is what you're describing the intersection of narcissism and linguistics which is beautifully expressed is what happens when you get someone who is extremely witty and i also think it's safe to say i don't think he's crazy but clinically nar cissistic and who talks to us all the time in our homes about serious things and that's what's surprising about listening to this person speak, what's unfortunate is how much we've had to listen to him but I don't think we should have the impression that he's going to change because we're in a casual age, in a way, it's a product of something that's been going on since the mid-'60s, and in a lot of ways, it's in a good way the fact that in America, you and I would have had to wear hats felt and worn suits even on hot summer days thank goodness that's gone but another thing that remained was the feeling that you put the speech on sunday better all of us nowadays at least fake it to some degree but we could have predicted someone would come and really didn't. even bother to do more than talk instead of talking and you might even become president of the United States.
I don't think Trump is going to be the last in that regard, the speaking, hopefully the other stuff, but the speaking. II, he is the beginning of something new, hey he. I'm Chris Hayes from MSNBC, thanks for watching MSNBC on YouTube. If you'd like to keep up with the videos we post, you can click Subscribe just below me or click through this list for lots of other great videos.

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