Sheffield u3a

English - an evolving language

Status: Active, open to new members
Group Coordinator:
Maggie Lyons   Tel: 07546 585 703
Group email: English - an evolving language group
When: Monthly on Tuesday mornings
Venue: Member’s home
Cost: nil

In recent times there has been much talk about language - how politicians use language to manipulate, how language can be divisive and promote civil unrest. Claims have been made that the English Language is being destroyed by the Internet, tweets, texts, young people.... that American English is taking over the world. In our group we discuss such issues as - how we acquire language, how English has changed over the centuries, why English spelling is so weird, the language of Chaucer and Shakespeare, Language and Social Class, Accent and Dialect and much more. The group has been running for 10 years now and we will be relaunching in January with a range of new topics. This is not a taught course but a discussion based interactive group. Meetings are held in S8 on the morning of the first Tuesday of each month.