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Old May 14 2013, 03:39 AM   #16
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Re: The Language of Family

English has changed in the 23 years since that episode.

Even if grammar is set in stone, pronunciation changes over time. Idiomatic expressions come into being, or go into disuse. A word can be born, make its way into general usage, fall out of favor, and die in the course of a few decades.

It's true the highest registers of a language change more slowly than informal language, but they do change. I wouldn't expect a language with as many speakers as English or French to be stagnant for four centuries.
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