Evolution Of The English Language Essay

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Rationale: This text is a newspaper article, written in the recent times for a newspaper, ideally a broadsheet. The target audience for this written task 1 are the people who are interested in learning about evolution of the English language. Specifically, I will target audiences of the same age as me, and people who start to incorporate some basic slang in their lives, but are not aficionados in the changes in the English Language. The purpose of this news article is to inform the reader of the evolution of the English language, and exploring some of the causes and impacts, this evolution has on people. Because my article is targeted for some English enthusiasts I have included some terms such as Semantic Shifts and Neologism. For the…show more content…
This words means to have “a drowsy state of mind and body” A word such as this is not used anymore but we can see how much the English language is evolved. From using words like zwodder to sleepy. Many adults criticise this new evolution of the English language, saying how it is corrupting the English language. But is this really a bad thing? This evolution of the English language isn’t really something new because it has happened before and is happening again. In the 1960s there was much slang used to communicate, even some of the words which were created or changed meaning (Semantic Shifts) are still being used today, yet we are just not aware of this. Words such as “chick” used to refer to a beautiful and attractive woman was a slang which was used widespread at that time. Originally referring a baby bird, the meaning has since changed to refer to a woman. Now, people when people hear the word “chick” they think of a beautiful woman, instead of a baby word. Another example, is the word sick. The ‘original’ meaning of this word is something that is unhealthy. But now, saying something is “sick” can be seen as the total opposite of being great or

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