How Immigration Changes Language

Linguistics Professor, Columbia University

The invention of new ways of speaking is one surprising consequence of migration to Europe.

DECEMBER 14, 2015 | The story of languages is, by and large, one of extinction. Some estimate that in a hundred years only a few hundred languages will survive, as urbanization, globalization, and international media lead ever more people to adopt a few dozen “big” languages. Still, though the disappearance of languages is the dominant trend, interesting new dialects have been emerging in cities worldwide, and it’s young people—specifically, the children of immigrants—who are driving the trend. One of the surprising consequences of the current wave of mass migration into Europe is, in fact, likely to be the development of ever more new ways of speaking in the future…

Read Full Article: McWhorter, John. “How Immigration Changes Language“. The Atlantic. N. p., 2015. Web. 18 Dec. 2015.

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