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The Era of the Informal

Posted in Vicente with tags , , on January 15, 2010 by Vicente Peláyez

English is the language of the modern world for historical rather than linguistic reasons: it’s widely spoken less because it’s easy to learn than because of the political and economic importance of English-speaking countries over the past century or two. Nevertheless, there is a certain affinity between our language and our era. In this post I will explore one characteristic of English that matches up well with modern ideology: the lack of a formal/informal pronoun distinction. Continue reading