Kids These Days and the Ongoing Evolution of Language

Part of: In Pursuit of Knowledge - Spring

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Current language practices are simultaneously a reflection of historical linguistic states and a window to future linguistic states. In this talk Dr. Alex D’Arcy explores this relationship between past, present and future, problematizing the fact that language change unfolds as a continuous succession of present moments. The resulting variation layers older and newer linguistic forms in ways that reflect their roots. At the same time, the linguistic system is regularly reorganized as children participate in ongoing change. Through case studies, Dr. D’Arcy showcases the insights that are possible when evidence from the community (past), caregivers (present) and children (future) are harnessed together.

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