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English, as a living language, is constantly
changing. It adapts to an ever-changing world
which requires new and varied means of
communication. The English language has
embraced industrial, technological and social
changes and we as users decide what will and
what will not survive.…read more

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Language change can be seen as systematic.
Social, historical, cultural or geographic
influences can alter the words and structures
that we use.…read more

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Historical Factors
· Wars
· Invasions
· Industrial and technological changes
These all provide the context for the creation
of new words…read more

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Cultural Transmission
Although each generation uses the form of
language handed down by the previous
generation, language is usually adapted and
altered to suit the personal requirements of the
next generation. Equally, a distinctive form of
language can give a cultural group a sense of
identity, uniting `insiders' and alienating
`outsiders'.…read more

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Social Factors
· Education
· Social class
· Age
· Gender
· Ethnic background
· Occupation
· Personal identity
Changing circumstances in society create a need to express new
meanings. New inventions, new ideas etc. all require new words to
describe them.
Some changes are motivated by the desire for novelty, the wish to
be different of fashionable. The creation of new slang expression
often exemplifies this.…read more

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