4 pages in length. The nature of sound change, according to John H. McWhorter in The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language, is the basis upon which the entire human language has evolved, readily identifiable by such ever-changing linguistic components as dialect, syntax and the melding of two entirely different languages as with Spanglish. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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has evolved, readily identifiable by such ever-changing linguistic components as dialect, syntax and the melding of two entirely different languages as with Spanglish. While every region of people across
the globe has its own language, each of them comes equipped with its own rendering of sound and inflection known as dialects. English, for example, is spoken by nearly
four-hundred fifty six million people worldwide, yet the five hundred thousand words that make up the language are all borrowed or adapted from a great many other languages - such
as Native American, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Russian, Scandinavian and Spanish - where sound has been the primary conduit between old and new words.
Even Spanish, a language spoken by about two-hundred eighty million people in Spain and nineteen other Latin American countries, is comprised of various other tongues
that began with one sound and ended up as a similar but different sound. As a derivative of the Vulgar Latin that came by way of ancient Roman colonists
and soldiers in the Iberian Peninsula, Spanish is the result of a combination of sounds based in Latin, French, Italian, Arabic and all of the Americas.
English and Spanish, for example, have a number of dialects within them that have, over time, developed into mini languages of their own. McWhorter (2002) further
notes how their modern day structures have greatly changed from their original form. Each language has grown by many thousands of words, and their various forms of pronunciation and
spelling have been greatly altered since their inception many centuries ago. Changes such as these do not occur over a relatively fast amount of time; rather, they happen slowly,