A2 English Language Change theorists

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1. Peter Trudgill changes in meaning do not cause confusion

  • Newer versions of the word have become more commonly used than the older word
  • We are now used to changes in language and do not question it
  • Comfortable with language change
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2. James Milroy

  • Central
  • Descriptivist
  • Prescriptivist

3. Aitchison infectious disease metaphor

  • People pick up language changes to fit in with certain social groups
  • Language should be preserved
  • Language changes because people are lazy

4. Aitchison external sociological factors - social needs

  • How fashionable it is to use language and foreign influence
  • All language geared towards younger users and more simplified

5. David Crystal understanding words

  • Only the most literate can manipulate language
  • Words can be understood easily
  • Believes it is difficult to understand certain words


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