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Although the English language is only 1500 years old it has evolved at an incredible rate so much so that at first glance the average person in America today would find most Shakespearean literature confusing without the aid of an Old-English dictionary or Cliffs Notes Yet Shakespear lived just 300 years ago Some are seeing this is a sign of the decline of the English language that people are becoming less and less literate As R Walker writes in his essay Why English Needs Protecting the moral and economic decline of Great Britain in the post-war era has been mirrored by a decline in the English language and literature I however disagree It seems to me that the point of language is to communicate -- to express some idea or exchange some form of information with someone else In this sense the English language seems not necessarily to be improving or decaying but optimizing -- becoming more efficient It has been both said and observed that the technological evolution of a society tends to grow exponentially rather than linearly The same can also be said of the English language English is evolving on two levels culturally and technologically And both of these are unavoidable Perhaps the more noticeable of the two today is the technological evolution of English When the current scope of a given language is insufficient to describe a new concept invention or property then there becomes a necessity to alter combine or create words to provide a needed definition For example the field of Astro-Physics has provided the English language with such new terms as pulsar quasar quark black hole photon neutrino positron etc Similarly our society has recently be inundated with a myriad of new terms from the field of Computer Science motherboard hard drive Internet megabyte CD IDE SCSI TCPIP WWW HTTP DMA GUI and literally hundreds of others acronyms this particular field is notorious for While
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