English: The Language Is A-Changing

There seems to be an ever present anxiety that the English language is on the edge of some catastrophe. But never fear, it’s held up just fine to the technological upheavals of the printing press, radio and cable TV, and it will weather blogs, podcasts and YouTube, as well.

This isn’t to say that the language isn’t changing (it’s always been changing), just that change is what allows language to let us say what we need to say, and say it in an interesting way. Three cheers for an evolving language!

If your fears still need allaying, check out my review of Txting: The gr8 db8 or this video of Stephen Fry discussing the evolution of language or Grammar Matters: The Social Significance of How We Use Language or this excellent documentary featuring renowned authors and linguistics Tom Chatfield, David Crystal, Robert McCrum, Fiona McPherson and Simon Horobin:

English 3.0 from Joe Gilbert on Vimeo.

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