Functional Theory

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Functional Theory

  • States that language changes according to the needs of its users
  • Words become obsolete and drop out of usage, and the changing worlds of industry and technology reveal this keenly
  • Terms from the age of sailing ships, like oakum, have all but gone
  • Even 20th-century words like vinyl, LP, cassette and 12 inch are on the wane as music technology advances
  • Even in recent…


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