A2 English Language Change theorists

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1. 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
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2. Peter Trudgill

  • Descriptivist
  • Prescriptivist
  • Central

3. 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

4. Lakoff

  • Language in women is weaker and men are more direct
  • Men seek reassurance and women are more inferior to men

5. Aitchison's crumbling castle metaphor

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


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