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Language Change—What’s New Is Old Again

Lecture no. 6 from the course: Language and Society: What Your Speech Says About You

Language Change—What’s New Is Old Again

Taught by Professor Valerie Fridland | 27 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Review the fascinating history of the English language, as a case study in how language changes. Trace the linguistic evolution from Old to Early Modern English, encompassing Celtic, Germanic, Norse, and French influences as well as the effects of settlement, geography, and multilevel social forces. Examine how these same historical processes are shaping our language today.

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