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

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

3. 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

4. Aitchison 3 possibilities of language change

  • Social and cultural change, great vowel shift, war and invasion
  • Slowly evolving to a more efficient state, language can neither progress or decay, slow decay
  • Migration, trade and new inventions, the media

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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