Language evolves over time and the process is driven by a variety of factors, including the needs and uses within a particular society, the influence of other languages, and the changing cultural, social, and technological context in which it is used.
One way in which language evolves is through the creation of new words and phrases to describe new concepts, objects, or ideas. This can occur through the process of neologism, in which new words are created by combining existing words or by borrowing words from other languages.
Language can also evolve through the process of language change, in which the sounds, grammar, and vocabulary of a language shift over time. This can occur as a result of changes in the way the language is used, such as the influence of other languages or dialects, or as a result of changes in the cultural and social context in which the language is spoken.
How do languages evolve? From the origins of language to bilingualism, this series journeys into the mysteries of this uniquely human trait and the power it has to change our world.
Take a wander through human imagination, creativity & the designed world around us
Explore Planet Earth’s diverse environments & ecosystems, from rainforests to cities
Look back on key events, trends & people to shed new light on the world we live in today
Focus your attention inwards to one of the most complex systems of all: the human body
Immerse yourself in the world of words, written & spoken, from mythology to the media
Ask the knotty questions about knowledge, reality, existence, morality & what we believe
Delve into what drives us as humans, from communication & memory to thought & emotion
Journey through the natural world and the experiments & observations that illuminate it
Examine the ties that bind us as communities and the customs & structures we create
Investigate the most exciting applications of the cutting edge of research & thinking