How Did The English Language Begin?


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Sudipa Sarkar answered
English is considered a member of the Indo-European family of languages. French, Italian, German, Norwegian and Greek are other languages belonging to this family. English is a member of the "West Teutonic" branch from the various branch of the Indo-European family. This language actually dates from about the middle of the fifth century. In that time invaders from across the north-sea conquered the native Celts and settled on the island now known as Great Britain.

The history of English language is divided into three periods: Anglo-Saxon (400-1100 A.D), Middle English (1100-1500 A.D), Modern English (1500 A.D-present day). The original language spoken in English was Celtic. The Norsemen invaded England and they introduced a Scandinavian element into the language and this way a German language became a part of English.

After that "Norman" language influenced the language and a language quite different from Anglo-Saxon developed and became the chief source of modern English.
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Anonymous answered
Read about Sir Francis Bacon. He and a group of people expanded the English language in the 1500's, because it did not contain enough words to be used in everyday conversations. It was a language of trade and commerce. In order to have a common language for the emerging new world, AMERICA, Bacon added a few thousand more words to the language. This allowed it to be spoken and used when writing laws. It is a language of duplicity, where most words have multiple meanings. This allows for the law to state one thing, and the common use of the same word, another.

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