Language and age

Cartoon of a child and grandparent holding hands. The child is holding a microphone.

For this topic, we want you to think about your age group and how you relate to language.

Sometimes you might hear people say that young people are ruining language, or that young people speak really ‘badly’: but this isn’t true! Each new generation speaks a little bit differently from the generation that came before, and this is how language changes. Linguists think that experimenting with language is an important part of being young. What do you think?

Click on the number 2 for some questions you might like to think about and explore in your podcast episode. You don’t have to stick to these, and we’d love to hear you ask some of your own questions too!