A Shifting Language

Look at the language timeline in the last section. The English language has been shifting and evolving over many centuries.

List the ways in which the language has expanded or changed over time.

Some possibilities:

Money

Power

Invasion

Technology

Fashion

Youth cultures & subcultures

Trade

Try and think of words that might have come into the language for each of these reasons - for instance, fashion has produced the words chav and chic; Technology has produced the words video and computer.

Do you get a picture of the kind of people that may have invented these words?