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Why does language change? Give (minimum) five reasons.

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Slang is a major contributor to changing languages. The word "cool" used to only refer to temperature but, thanks to youth culture, it now means that something is good. Slang words fall in and out of favor with each generation. Many phrases used by young people in the 1920 s would be unrecognizable to youth today.

Technology is another example of a factor that can change language. The word "Google" is now a noun (a website) and a verb (to research something). Many words, such as "computer," are similar in several languages. Youth talking about video games can be understood all over the world as the name of the games and gaming systems often do not change over languages.

Language can change with exposure to new languages. In English, "kindergarten" comes from Germany. The English language was radically changed by its exposure to Latin brought by the Roman Empire. Many European languages owe their roots to the Latin brought by Rome.

Language can also change based on immigration. American...

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