A2 English Language Change theorists

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1. 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
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2. David Crystal understanding words

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

3. David Crystal

  • Central
  • Descriptivist
  • Prescriptivist

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. 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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