Re: My Final Thoughts on English
|From:||Roger Mills <romilly@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, July 1, 2001, 22:17|
David Peterson wrote:
> That's one of those questions that makes me think every so often. Is
>there any linguist who's written a paper (preferably online) about the
>affects of instant communication on language, and especially, language
>change? Or is it too soon to say anything at all?
Nothing recent that I know of; but back in the 60s IIRC the Opies were
writing about how quickly childrens' games/slang/jokes were getting around.
Supposedly in Dec. 1936, when Edward VIII abdicated, within a matter of days
children all over the British Empire were singing: "Hark, the herald angels
sing/ Mrs. Simpson's pinched our king...." That's unlikely to have gone
out over the BBC World Service, so it must have been by telegraph or