You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity

you are what you speakAuthor: Robert Lane Greene

Language is always changing. However, educated people, and especially language pundits, cherish the traditional language they learned in their education. Change must be bad, they reckon, because the language they once learned in school was good. The logic doesn’t work, though; when a good thing changes it can become another good thing. Latin didn’t become grunting and gobbledygook over centuries of change that Cicero decried: it became French, Italian and the other Romance languages.

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