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Nearer the Force to thee

“For in much wisdom is much grief,” wrote the author of Ecclesiastes, “and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.” And if you don’t believe it, watch a costume drama with a historian sometime. 1,122 more words


Word of Mouth: Irregular Verbs

Today’s Word of Mouth on Radio Four featured a discussion on the evolution (and decline) of irregular verbs.
In the studio with Rosen were Dr Laura Wright and Dr Marcelle Cole and the show also featured a great bit by Steven Pinker.

Language Change

In Defense of the Singular, Genderless 'They'

They has a long and noble history in English, going back to  at least the 1200s in writing and certainly much further back in the spoken tongue. 73 more words


Discuss the Unidirectionality Hypothesis in grammaticalisation theory.

1 | Introduction

The discipline of linguistics has seen much debate on the matter of the unidirectionality hypothesis in grammaticalisation theory, chiefly in regards to its validity and the repercussions such a hypothesis, if proved correct, would have on our understanding of language. 2,541 more words

English Language

Language Lost and Found

Languages which are taught and studied are usually divided into two major cohorts:

  1. Living Languages, such as English, Spanish and Chinese
  2. Dead Languages, such as Latin, Ancient Greek and Sanskrit…
  3. 1,014 more words
Systems And Skills

A matter of opinion

I feel like opinion pieces on the state of the language are getting more annoying all the time.

If you’re wondering where that came from, the answer is that I’ve just read… 1,474 more words

And yet it changes

Anthimeria is the formal term for when a word is used as another part of speech – what happens when nouns are verbed (and vice versa), when adjectives slide into noun- or verb-hood, when nouns get stacked adjectivally onto other nouns. 619 more words