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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-08-09 11:08 AM
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Can linguists project how a language will change in the future?

And narrow it down according to where it's spoken? I mean, projecting British English, AMerican English, etc.?



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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-08-09 07:24 PM
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1. Personally, I doubt it.
I know that there are some serious attempts out there to do so, but it's my feeling that language change is far too idiosyncratic to predict.

I am aware of some kind of project which tracks on going language change in the spoken form, by doing periodic interviews which include recording people. I do know it has tracked pronunciation changes that the users are generally unaware of. I saw a show about this on PBS a decade or more ago. Perhaps someone could look at several decades of that research and attempt to project into the future.
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-09-09 08:04 AM
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2. I'd love to see that PBS show. Do you recall the title? nt
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-09-09 10:52 PM
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3. Have no idea.
It was probably ten years or more ago.

What I was fascinated by was the way they were tracking how actual individuals' pronunciation -- accent -- changed over time.
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-15-10 02:29 PM
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7. I think it was called "The Story of English"
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-11-09 11:06 PM
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4. Not really, but I projected English 2000 years into the futire for the heck of it.
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-15-09 12:51 PM
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5. You must've studied linguistics to come up with all that. nt
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-22-09 05:41 PM
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6. No professionally, just an interest of mine.
:)
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