The Origins of Current English

Sebastian Minshall, Staff Writer

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English has changed and continues to change with the words adopted from the current period. English is a mix of many different languages put together this is why in languages such as Spanish, German, and French have are many words that are notably similar. This article covers where, why, and how the English language has grown and changed from the beginning.

The origin of English is around when the Romans left England and Anglo-Saxons started to come in with Germanic words that were simple compared to the Latin language left behind. Soon the Anglo-Saxons left, and the Christian faith was beginning to spread, causing a return of Latin in the English language. Vikings then played a major role introducing over 2,000 words that were more brutal and violent. The next step is when a man known as William the Conquerer introduced French words into the language. At this time commoners spoke English, and the higher ranked spoke more French with Latin still being used in Christianity.

The Hundred Year War then took place between the English and French and ended around 1453 with the English winning and becoming the main language for all once again according to openlearn.edu and thehistoryofenglish.com. Then one of the most notable changes came in the Shakepearean era in which Shakespeare brought emotion and complexity to the English language. In 1611 a new Bible translation came along known as the King Jame’s Version, bringing more metaphoric language and moral words. Scientific words soon came after relizing it would be much easier to use English instead of Latin. This shift then made it to where new words needed to be invented for new discoveries and Latin science counterparts.

England then began to conquer many unknown lands and odopted many words from cultures around the globe. As these new words were added, a group of people known as lexicographers wanted to have a definite way of spelling; so began the creation of dictionaries. This turned out to be fruitless as too many words kept coming into the English language. Now onto America. The British Empire had to name all of the new plants and animals, so most were taken from Native Americans. After the Revolutionary War, America kept some older English words that later changed in England. America also got flooded with immagrants who spread their own words throughout America. changes came from the invention of the Internet, which allowed words to be spread more vastly and quickly.

The English language is proven to be very adaptive and changes rapidly. This combined with the number of words taken from other languages creates the language many know today.

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