A2 English Language Change theorists

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1. David Crystal use of abbreviations and initialisms in texting

  • Used in order to not waste characters
  • Used because some words are difficult to spell
  • Used because it is in fashion
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2. Aitchison internal socioliogical factors - gap between language and technology

  • Technology and language
  • All language geared towards younger users
  • Fashion and foreign influence

3. James Milroy's argument

  • Never has been a golden age of English language because it is always changing
  • The golden age of English langauge was the 21st century

4. Peter Trudgill

  • Descriptivist
  • Prescriptivist
  • Central

5. Jean Aitchison

  • Talks about people's views, not prescriptivist or descriptivist
  • Descriptivist
  • Prescriptivist


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