Sunday, 9 January 2011

Evolving English

Earlier in the week I was lucky enough to be able to attend the 'Evolving English' exhibition at the British Library. The exhibition begins with a history of how English came to be formed as a language and where the various different peoples that have influenced the language came from. The rest of the exhibition contains examples of spelling and grammar showing how it was taught to children in bygone days. The exhibition also included interactive displays where you can hear examples of English spoken in different accents and dialects. Overall I found the exhibition fascinating and would recomend it to anyone inclined towards being a linguonaut.
One of the exhibitions that I found very interesting was one based on television sketches about language and the mispronouciation of them. Examples included Monty Python, the Two Ronnies and this delightful one by Harry Enfield;

Entrance to the exhibition is free and it runs until February. So go along and check it out!

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