How Languages Evolve

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Do all languages have a common ancestor? Although no one yet knows the answer to that big question, the narrator of this short, animated video explains how linguists use migration patterns, geological features, and word clues to investigate the evolution of language families and dialects.

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  • In addition to the video, a short multiple choice assessment, discussion questions, and suggestions for further research are included in the resource
  • The video would serve to introduce research into the origin and evolution of the meaning of specific words

  • Due to the lack of depth in the discussion, the video would best serve as an introduction to the topic