J.K.Hoffman wrote: > Okay, so I've got a couple of questions regarding language change. > What's more common, change in pronunciation of words? Or, change in > grammatical structure? Pronounciation, by far. Sometimes within the space of 2-3 generations. Grammatical change seems a lot more resistant; I think the schoolmarms have finally given up on "whom" and maybe "it is I" etc, but those battles were going on even before I was born a Long Time Ago. > Or, are there other ways that are more common that I'm not aware of? Interesting and sometimes amusing things happen in the semantic area-- aside from words being lost, you can find pejoration, amelioration, loss/addition of connotations, confusion (e.g. disinterested vs. uninterested), not to mention all the slang that comes and goes. Groovy. An interesting and not overly-technical book on semantics (in the linguistic, not philosophical, sense) is Stephen Ullmann's; I disremember the title at the moment; it may be "Meaning and Change of Meaning". Old, but still available.