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What are some instances of recent changes in the English language? would like the...

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gamefaceguy | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM via web

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What are some instances of recent changes in the English language?

would like the specific information in regards to the english language. thank you

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:50 PM (Answer #1)

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All languages change over time. Consider all the new words that have been added to the English language in response to the developments in technology in recent years. Words like modem, gigabyte, or wi-fi were unknown until computers were invented. Words like mouse, tablet, or notebook carried very different meanings than what they might today.

Aside from changes in vocabulary, grammatical patterns change. As standard English is influenced by dialects from different parts of the United States or by foreign languages, new usages of words or phrases develop and may be incorporated into the standard language. The phrase "You are so hosed" is an indication of agreement with something said by another person - quite a change from speaking of a hose as a long tube used to squirt water.


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nprine | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 13, 2012 at 3:32 AM (Answer #2)

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As an English Language Arts teacher the current English language has be compromised by technology. Technology changes the viewpoints of many different words and the spelling of these words. For example, the word or slang "ATM" could mean in Standard American English an automated teller machine however, in Text Message English it meansat the moment. This is just a small example of the way the English language has changed and is changing.

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