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

Language Expert: Donald Trump's Way Of Speaking Is 'Oddly Adolescent' | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
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 era and says some of the most questionable things and that is where our next guest comes in John McWhorter is a linguist he has a PhD in the field he teaches at Columbia and he has written extensively and he too is colorful when talking about

Donald

Trump

and specifically how this president talks that's why we talked about it with John McWhorter professor thank you for joining us Thank You Bryan I've been wanting to ask you what is your linguistics definition of this president

Donald

Trump

linguistically is unadorned this is the basics this is what

language

was undoubtedly like when it first emerged among people who didn't have writing and we're first getting their verbal sealegs this is where it started and so in that way as in so many others

Donald

Trump

is an original that would mean that education and schooling has had no effect on his use of

language

he's quick to remind us that he went to the best schools mhm and he learned nothing in them he speaks like someone who paid no attention to one of the goals of education which is to refine our natural inborn proclivities of speech which are great for casual circumstances but he uses those same ways of

speaking

and what most of us used to consider formal and important circumstances I think in your line of work they call it a tag when something is added to the end...
language expert donald trump s way of speaking is oddly adolescent the 11th hour msnbc
of the traditional sentence so often he will tag a sentence with believe me believe me and enforce her something he thought was lacking in the original sentence mhm it's that he's reinforcing and also he's using oral speech where what we're always doing is we're checking to see that the other person understands what we're saying that they're in the same boat that we are so that's what you know is that's what things like lol can be in texting he does that too but once again it's not in texting he's doing it in formal circumstances which means that he never leaves the realm of the casual when he speaks which is unlike even say indigenous societies where there's no such thing as reading or writing yet there's always a high way of talking and a low way of talking the chief doesn't just get up and run his mouth ours does there's a friend of our broadcast Eli chuckles who works for The Wall Street Journal who has covered him now for some time and says about

Donald

Trump

there are visual and audio tells that he peppers his speech with where if you know what's coming you know what's coming I want to run a montage of a

Trump

phrase people don't know and in Eli Stone Cole's reading of it people don't know for

Donald

Trump

means I just learned here's the examples France is America's first and oldest ally a lot of people don't know that our first Republican President Abraham Lincoln ran his first...
language expert donald trump s way of speaking is oddly adolescent the 11th hour msnbc
campaign for public office in 1832 great president most people don't even know he was a Republican right does anyone know a lot of people don't know that people don't realize we are an unbelievably divided country but now I have to tell you it's an unbelievably complex subject nobody knew that health care could be so complicated so you're laughing why well that 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 business of most people don't know this is coming from that same well the idea is that he's always the one who's one step ahead and in that frankly I don't find him linguistically challenged as much as just somebody who's rather

oddly

adolescent

for somebody who's a senior citizen what about his other favorites believe me and more than ever before or more than we've ever seen before well some of that is because they're really only I I'm sorry to say it but there are only so many thoughts and so often he's

speaking

and I think he runs out of new in it's and so he covers it with things like believe me or it can't ever be that something is that it's very bad or very very bad those are his equivalents of roughly um or scratching his head I think that often the content of what he's saying is much slimmer than the bulk the bow kids of the verbiage that he spews out he's 71 years old he is now president in an age of...
language expert donald trump s way of speaking is oddly adolescent the 11th hour msnbc
instantaneous real-time fact-checking he is not used to his kind of ad-libs superlatives being fact checked in real-time do you think he's bumped up against that dynamic yeah it's unfortunate because I don't think he's gonna change in that way he simply has no deodorant wearing Sunday best way of

speaking

and that includes that you have to have a more responsible sense of truth than when you're just biessing with your pals when we speak casually all the time we say things where maybe if we checked up on it things might be different he doesn't understand that if you're President of the United States you can't just talk it looks like you're just talking because you're moving your mouth and vibrating your vocal cords but there's this other art that you're supposed to master he wasn't interested in that sort of thing say in school this is somebody who is numb to the artful he has a rather narcotic joy in dismissal and belittlement rather than building and decorating and so he's going to keep running up against that wall he doesn't understand that when you're president you have to think about things such as what we might call truth conditions in linguistics is what you're describing the intersection of narcissism and linguistics that is beautifully put he is what happens when you get somebody who is extremely artful and also I think it's safe to say I don't think he's insane but clinically narcissistic...
and talking all the time to us in our houses about serious things and that's what's so striking about listening to this person talk what's unfortunate is how much we've had to listen to it but I don't think that we should be under any impression that it's going to change because we're in an informal era in a way he's a product of something that's been going on since the mid 60s and in many ways it's in good ways the fact that in America you and I both would have had to wear worn fedoras and suits even on hot summer days thank god that's gone but something else that left was the sense that you put speech in it's Sunday best all of us nowadays at least fake it to an extent but we could have predicted that somebody was going to come along who really just didn't even bother to do anything but talk rather than speak and could even become president of the United States I don't think that

Trump

is gonna be last in that regard the oratorical regard hopefully the other things but oratorical II he's the beginning of something new hey there I'm Chris Hayes from MSNBC thanks for watching MSNBC on YouTube if you want to keep up to date with the videos we're putting out you can click subscribe just below me or click over on this list to see lots of other great videos