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How languages evolve - Alex Gendler

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Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.

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In recent years, the issue of ‘language death’ has received attention, as regional dialects are abandoned in favor of standardized forms, or local native languages with few speakers are replaced by more dominant ones.
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