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Future of English (was Re: Degrees of volition in active languages (was Re: Chevraqis: asketch)

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Sunday, August 13, 2000, 21:55
In a message dated 2000/08/13 05:55:01 PM, hsteoh@QUICKFUR.YI.ORG wrote:

>English apparently also used to be highly inflected, but today >there are only traces left (such as in who, whom, whose). And even who, >whom, and whose are starting to collapse into just "who" in colloquial >English. > >My theory is that widespread acceptance of a language usually causes it to >"degrade" or "simplify", losing a lot of old constructs in the process. >But I've yet to come up with a plausible explanation for languages >becoming *more* complex as they evolve.
Be interestin' to see ideas regardin' possible evolution(s) in the English language. What do others on this list think? Z