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Kate Wiles

Kate Wiles recently finished a PhD on Anglo-Saxon scribes and manuscripts and is now researching and writing, and blogging in a personal capacity at http://solongasitswords.wordpress.com/. She is the historical language consultant for The History Channel's Vikings series.

The History of Abbreviation

As an undergraduate, one of my lecturers once said that language is a tug-of-war between laziness and comprehensibility. Laziness, and our desire to communicate with as little effort as possible will make language change, but our need for comprehension will temper how much it changes. Text-language is a perfect example of this – we want to fit as much information …

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