How Language Changes—Meaning and Order
Lecture no. 5 from the course: The Story of Human Language
Taught by Professor John McWhorter | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses
The meaning of a word changes over time. Silly first meant "blessed" and acquired its current sense through a series of gradual steps. Word order also changes: In Old English, the verb usually came at the end of a sentence.