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Continuing classical Latin
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1.1 Language change

Some linguistic changes, particularly in the use of individual slang words, are short-lived in the spoken language, but others take hold and become general among the whole population. For example, in English the letter r is still written after vowels, but no longer pronounced by most speakers in central and southern England in words such as for, farm, car, cart, potter, and so on. This change is gradually spreading through the dialects of English, as younger speakers in the north adopt pronunciations without r.

Audio activity 1

Now listen to the following audio conversations between James Clackson and Geoffrey Horrocks.

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