The study of the english language throughout history

history of english language summary

English is the only European language to employ uninflected adjectives; e. The English language is now spoken all over the world and it is still changing. Many influences Apart from the Germanic, Scandinavian and French influences on the English language, the Renaissance brought classical influences to the cities of Britain and more new words were borrowed from languages such as Latin, Greek, Italian, and other European languages.

Books became cheaper and more people learned to read.

history of british english

It is also considered to have stimulated and accelerated the morphological simplification found in Middle English, such as the loss of grammatical gender and explicitly marked case except in pronouns.

The impact of the native British Celtic languages that English continued to displace is generally held to be much smaller, although some attribute such analytic verb forms as the continuous aspect "to be doing" or "to have been doing" to Celtic influence.

Norse influence is also believed to have reinforced the adoption of the plural copular verb form are rather than alternative Old English forms like sind. In addition to the simplicity of inflections, English has two other basic characteristics: flexibility of function and openness of vocabulary.

short history of english language
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