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The Evolution of English debate

Updated Tuesday, 21st April 2015
The 23rd April marks English language day 2015; we look at what has been the biggest influence on the English language over the past 100 years. 

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Britain’s official language has undergone huge transformation over the past 100 years, but what has had the biggest influence on that change?

Six experts were asked for their suggestions. Read their responses below then join the debate – tell us what YOU think has had the greatest impact on the evolution of English by adding your comments below to share your views.

 

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