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The Language Files - The best of Quora

Luglio 2016
Le domande (e le risposte) dal social network Quora. Questo mese: What do linguists know that most people don’t?

QUESTION

What do linguists know that most people don’t?

ANSWER

Linguists know that natural language change is not bad for a language. Adopting loan words from other languages, losing inflection, cases, genders, articles and formerly distinct sounds...
This happens in all languages and is nothing to worry about. For a linguist, it’s an interesting phenomenon, worth analyzing. For some people it’s proof for the demise of language, the end of civilized culture and the beginning of the dying of the proper language. But languages constantly change and this is certainly not how languages die.

André Müller, Ph.D student in Linguistics 


Quora is one of the best social networks in terms of questions and answers. Needless to say, there are numerous questions and answers about the English language.

 


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