Professor John McWhorter of Columbia University, a linguistic and cultural expert, offers his insights on the fluidity of language, describing how human communication will continue to evolve in the digital era.

LOL. K. THX. 🙂 Do these abbreviated but abundant forms of language signal the death of meaningful communication? Not so, says Professor McWhorter. By guiding us through the history of language and linguistic shifts, he dispels the notion that we have anything to fear. Professor McWhorter believes that rather than rejecting this type of exchange, we should embrace it, and look to understand the cultural underpinnings that cause our language to evolve. He brings these insights to life and explains what we can come to expect from language in the future.

For further learning on the future of language, see Professor McWhorter’s podcast, Lexicon Valley.

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