A brief look at things for people interested in Language and the Brain
"Facts as we see them are little more than quick glimpses of a ceaseless transformation..."
--Wendell Johnson, People in Quandaries
Saturday, June 23, 2001
The past, present and future of language
We accept that language grows, evolves and changes with the times. But sometimes we might feel that some changes result from a lack of concern over the intent of speech to convey meaning. Every era has its language crusaders and its issues of decadence. In Boston, England, John Richards wants to address the problem of errant and abused apostrophes and while he has not seen much local support, an article in the London Telegraph triggered a flurry of positive reaction.Boston Journal: Minder of Misplaced Apostrophes Scolds a Town