Jean Aitchison Theory Of Language

  1. Jean Aitchison Theory Of Language Development
  2. Jean Aitchison Theory Of Language
  3. Jean Aitchison Theory Of Language Acquisition

General editor: Jean Aitchison, Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication, University of Oxford In the past twenty-five years, linguistics – the systematic study of language – has expanded dramatically. Its findings are now of interest to psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, anthropo.

Damp Spoon Syndrome
  • This theory suggests that language change is caused by sloppiness and laziness. It is often linked to teenagers.
  • However it is difficult to find evidence to state that language change is down to laziness.
  • An example of laziness is the glottal stop.
Crumbling Castle
  1. Aitchison suggests that the 'crumbling castle', 'damp spoon' and 'infectious disease' approaches are exhibited by many prescriptivist thinkers. The 'Crumbling Castle' myth likens the English language to a castle It suggests that although English was once a great castle, over time it has decayed and crumbled.
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Jean Aitchison Theory Of Language Development

  • Sees that the English language as a beautiful building which needs to be preserved. This view states that a rigid system is better than a flexible system.

Jean Aitchison Theory Of Language

  • This theory suggests that we catch change from the people around us.
  • Social contact is a big force to cause language change.

Jean Aitchison Theory Of Language Acquisition

Printing press -
Standardisation - the process of making something conform to a standard. Its a process of directing and controlling language.
Effects of the printing press:
English recieved influences from other languages such as: spanish, french, latin, and greek, hence new lexis.
The presence of the printing press caused illiteracy to become evident in Britain as not everyone understood this new written form of English.
As standardisation needed to be conveyed for everyone to understand the language, the english language underwent a standardisation homogenization process that had a sulminant effect on spelling, vocabulary, and grammar. As well as other dialects becoming more accepted.
The influence of the increased education in order to battle the illiteracy levels, led in more new young scholars in literacy. The influence if literacy wanted to create new ways if writing, therefore new words were used bringing with them more meaning etc.
The printing press helped spread information more easily, and introduced with it new words and ways of recording the english language. It also pointed out the high illiteratcy levels wleading to better wducation.
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