Ok, so… I’ve ruled out quite a few of the previous design ideas for various reasons, but I think I have decided that I’m going to create a set of three books that shows the Past, Present and Future of language change.
The Past book will highlight the changes that happened in our history, and how they effected how we use language.
The Present book will show how language is changing currently, new words creeping into our dictionary, abbreviations etc.
The Future book will give a small insight into how we MIGHT use our language, obviously this can’t be definite, but I will show example that language will change again.
Each of these will be bound in a small book form, perhaps A5 or A6, but they will somehow fit together to form one book, perhaps a little folder, or a wrap around cover for them all. This is where I am at with my research. Getting there slowly!
Language is my whore, my mistress, my wife, my pen-friend, my check-out girl. Language is a complimentary moist lemon-scented cleansing square or handy freshen-up wipette. Language is the breath of God, the dew on a fresh apple, it’s the soft rain of dust that falls into a shaft of morning sun when you pull from an old bookshelf a forgotten volume of erotic diaries; language is the faint scent of urine on a pair of boxer shorts, it’s a half-remembered childhood birthday party, a creak on the stair, a spluttering match held to a frosted pane, the warm wet, trusting touch of a leaking nappy, the hulk of a charred Panzer, the underside of a granite boulder, the first downy growth on the upper lip of a Mediterranean girl, cobwebs long since overrun by an old Wellington boot.
– Stephen Fry
Language change is not a disease, any more than adolescence, or autumn are illnesses.
– Jean Aitchison, Language Change: Progress or Decay?
The feedback I got from the last presentation was to begin to look at design ideas and what I could use to create something that shows example of the change in language.