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domingo, 18 de septiembre de 2016

English, a language in motion

All languages are, of course, in a constant evolution due to the use of the language speakers of the different parts of the world, but this phenomenon is especially significant in the English language due to the lack of an English Language Academy. Instead, universities such as Oxford or Cambridge work on different corpora (plural form of the word 'corpus') to make their dictionaries or grammar books.
    For instance, thirty years ago we would learn the Future Simple using 'shall' for the first person singular and plural. We don't do that any more. Now we use 'will' for all the persons.

Here's an interesting listening exercise for you to do: 'Is English changing?' (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

Have a look at Lingohack and you'll learn about the latest on the US elections, a cyborg beetle and the teenage brain development.

And remember this previous post about the human brain.


1 comentario:

  1. Nowadays, lots of languages are changing, but English is probably the language that is changing the most. In the history, millions of people have spoken English and for this reason english has been changing in the history, because perhaps here people speak english in one way and on the other side of the world it is spoken in another way.

    In the audio, we can learn about words that are disappearing quickly or slowly. For instance, the verb "must", many times it is replaced for "might", because "must" sometimes can be too agresive, this word is changing quicky. However, pronouns such as 'I' ,'you' and 'we' evolve slowly because thousands years ago, we would use the same sounds.

    I personally think that english is the most useful language of all, because with it you can travel anywhere in the world and communicate with ease. English is the language of the present and of the future.

    Joaquín Alejandro España Sánchez