Do languages "learn"?

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Last edit: 11:00, 15 October 2011

This is a good question and a great Linguistics research topic.

The page here is about learning to speak, read and write languages. The phrase "language learning" is not uncommonly used in this sense.

The topic you suggest would be of interest to educators and to some learners and could be an optional part of a curriculum.

Perhaps make a separate page with an appropriate title (e.g.) "Language evolution" and link to it under "See Also". You could also start a broader topic such as "Linguistics" and include a suitable place for your topic of interest.

Update: Added a few links on the Theory and Practice page to Wikipedia on Language acquisition and Semantic change. - Kim Tucker 22:00, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
KTucker (talk)07:03, 13 October 2011

Obviously one can view it as a "Linguistic research topic", but there is more here. The observations voiced by the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) in its Unit One: Exploring What It Means To ‘Do’ Mathematics. provides an example of how a new idea introduce itself. SAIDE's observations are not isolated, but every learning community experiences this process - even the United States in the 1960's.

Jkelly952 (talk)13:01, 14 October 2011

Very interesting. I wonder if OER Africa could be persuaded to use a license compatible with WikiEducator's and Wikipedia's. The easier exchange of knowledge would be beneficial to all and liberate the learning resources on OER Africa's site.

KTucker (talk)13:56, 14 October 2011