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Debate: 400 years of language

Updated Tuesday 14th March 2006

Forum member Rob Owen had some questions about how language changes

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Starting with the 16th century, can anyone describe the main features (lexis, semantics, grammar, phonology, graphology/orthography, discourse)of English through to the 20th century?

What was notable about English in the 17th century? ...In the 18th century, and so on?

Is there a book which shows the features of English in these different centuries? Any answers or recommendations?


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