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Synchronic variation and diachronic change 1 Awareness of linguistic change
Change inevitable at all levels of linguistic organisation
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adjectives already American English areas become beginning borrowing British British English Cardinal Vowel centuries characteristic clauses common compounds consonant contrast corresponding dative dependent clauses dialects diphthong distinction earlier early element England established evidence examples extent formation French fricative front vowels function genitive Germanic Germanic languages grammatical grammatical gender graphemes homophones important inflections kind language later Latin lengthening lexical linguistic loans loanwords long vowel loss meaning modern native normal Northumbria nouns origin participle past pattern period periphrastic phoneme phonological place-names plural position prefix prepositions present pronoun pronunciation realisation recent recorded relative Scandinavian sense sentences sequence settlement singular sound speakers speech spelling standard stress strong verbs structure suffixes survived syllables syntactic tendency trace tradition unstressed syllables variation varieties of English vocabulary voiced voiceless weak form weak verbs words writing written