Lexicon Valley

Future English Speaker, Can You Read Me?

That language changes is certain. How quickly or slowly is another matter.

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Episode Notes

Between roughly 800 and 1300 CE, the English language evolved beyond recognition, largely as a result of contact with Old Norse-speaking Vikings. The jump from Middle to Modern English, however, was far less drastic. Why? What factors affect the pace at which a language changes over time?

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo.

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If you’ve ever had curious thoughts and questions about the ways we speak, read, and write, Lexicon Valley is the show for you. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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