Coping with you and they in early-21st-century English

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Abstract

Languages adapt to their ever-changing social, political, cultural background. The aim of this paper is to draw attention to language change and to the necessity of incorporating it in language teaching, focussing on the case of second- and third-person plural pronouns in English and on their teaching in the early 2020s. The word class of pronouns is considered a 'stable' one, but the case of second- and third-person plural pronouns is a significant example of how language modification does modificate even the grammatical level. Teaching of non-standard pronoun forms in a contrastive perspective can make students aware of the ever-changing nature of language and of its continuous interaction with society, culture and ways of life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApprendere e insegnare le lingue: la ricerca nella didattica
Pages185-199
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • English, teaching, pronouns, diachronic approach, culture

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