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History of the English Language

history of the English Language

like English today. Many familiar words and phrases were coined or first recorded by Shakespeare, some 2,000 words and countless catch-phrases are his. Sources and Links page. Germanic invaders entered Britain on the east and south coasts in the 5th century. But beyond Edwards attempts to rule all of Britain, he is probably most well-known for his legal reforms including a series of statutes passed the Assassination of the Heir to the Austrian Throne early in his reign. The most famous example of Middle English is Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales", a collection of stories about a group of thirty people who travel as pilgrims to Canterbury, England. These invaders pushed the original, Celtic-speaking inhabitants out of what is now England into Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and Ireland, leaving behind a few Celtic words. Indo-European origins, through, old English and, middle English to, early Modern English and, late Modern English, before a brief look.

Native English speakers now would have great difficulty understanding Old English. The Vikings, being Scandinavian, spoke a language ( Old Norse ) which, in origin at least, was just as Germanic as Old English. English is a member of the Germanic family of languages. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is begun 911: Charles II of France grants Normandy to the Viking chief Hrolf the Ganger. The invention of printing also meant that there was now a common language in print. It was during the English Renaissance that most of the words from Greek and Latin entered English. The majority of words in modern English come from foreign, not Old English roots. Early Modern English (1500-1800) The next wave of innovation in English came with the Renaissance. Publishing for the masses became a profitable enterprise, and works in English, as opposed to Latin, became more common. The history of the English language has traditionally been divided into three main periods: Old English (450-1100 AD Middle English (1100-circa 1500 AD) and Modern English (since 1500). This group of dialects forms what linguists refer to as Old English or Anglo-Saxon.

Many of the words passed on from this era are those coined by Roman merchants and soldiers. Late Modern English (1800-Present the main difference between Early Modern English and Late Modern English is vocabulary. Old English (500-1100 AD). These words were named after the inventor or given the name of their choice ( trains, engine, pulleys, combustion, electricity, telephone, telegraph, camera etc). As king, Edward was the supreme judge of England. Please feel free to contact me if you have any issues about the content or attributions (or lack thereof) or to point out any absolute howlers I may have made.