January 18 • 2019 • 7pm
Just look at what’s happened to English over the past few decades: the proliferation of slang, the acceptance of texting
acronyms, and the loss of the old standards of grammar and syntax. Who uses whom anymore? Why can’t anyone put
an apostrophe in the right place? Clearly, the English language is falling apart.
Or is it? In fact, language change is a natural and healthy phenomenon – only living languages change. In this lecture,
Jane Jacques will explain why English has always been falling to pieces, and why it will continue to deteriorate – and
evolve – for years to come.