History of English

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History of English

To begin with, the English language is West Germanic language that came up from Anglo-Frisian dialects that were brought to Britain in the mid 5th to 7th centuries AD. It was brought by Anglo-Saxon migrants – now northwest Germany, southern Denmark, and the Netherlands.

English language originated from England and is the dominant language of the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and several other island nations in the Caribbean sea as well as the Pacific Ocean.

English is also termed as the official language of the Philippines, Singapore, and various countries in sub-Saharan Africa, also including South Africa. English is termed to be the first pick of the foreign language in various other countries of the world.

It is estimated that nearly a third of the world’s population, around two billion people speak English. English belongs to the Indo-European family of languages, this is the reason it is connected to other languages that are spoken in Europe and Western Asia – from Iceland to India.

There are two other basic characteristics of the English language from which the first one is the flexibility of function and the wideness of vocabulary. The flexibility of function has grown in the past five centuries, as a result of the loss of inflections.

The words that were divided as nouns or verbs due to the difference in their forms are now used often as both nouns and verbs. With the change, the English language adopts and adapts to any word which is needed to name a new object or also to denote a fresh new process.

Words from over 350 languages have entered the English language in the way like the French, Spanish, and Russian. Frequently, the English language forms scientific terms from Classical Greek word elements.