Do languages get simpler over time?

Do Languages Simplify Over Time?

Do Languages Simplify Over Time?

A show about the mysteries of English.
Sept. 5 2017 1:13 PM

Do Languages Simplify Over Time?

Old English was arguably more complicated than Modern English. Is that true of all languages?

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It’s a common belief that languages inevitably get simpler over time. John McWhorter says that simply isn’t true.

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