How Languages Evolve

TedEd has a video by Alex Gendler on how languages evolve. Nothing surprising or out of the ordinary for those with any kind of background in historical linguistics, but it’s a good overview for the neophyte.

(I’m going to take a moment to bitch about TedEd’s presentation. First, they don’t allow the embedding of the video on other sites. That’s their prerogative, but I don’t see any logic to it. It’s not like they have ads or are otherwise losing money when others embed the video. The second, and much more important complaint, is the lack of a date. When was this video made? I’ve noticed more and more websites and blogs not noting when content is posted. This is a serious deficiency for a site that provides educational materials. Instructors need to know how current the materials are.)

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