The future of English
The journey English is taking through globalism and digital technology, and what the future of the language sounds like.
Journalist and writer Mark Abley predicts that by 2015 half the world's population will be speaking -- or at least learning -- English. But as the language sweeps the globe, it's not just changing those it encounters, it's changing too. New words are being added at a "break-neck" rate from other languages, from hip-hop lyrics, from the blogosphere.
Abley joins "RadioWest's" Doug Fabrizio to talk about the journey English is taking and what the future of the language sounds like.
Abley says words just don't give names to devices; they give flesh to ideas, so you have to consider grammar, and accents, and culture. There's no going back, he says, no retreat into the grammar and lexicon of the past.
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