The languages spoken by the Germanic peoples who initially settled in Britain were part of the West Germanic branch of the Germanic language family. English is most closely related to Frisian and Low Saxon, while its vocabulary has been significantly influenced by other Germanic languages, particularly Old Norse (a North Germanic language), as well as Latin and French. The Great Vowel Shift explains many irregularities in spelling since English retains many spellings from Middle English, and it also explains why English vowel letters have very different pronunciations from the same letters in other languages. [76], In the three-circles model, countries such as Poland, China, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Indonesia, Egypt, and other countries where English is taught as a foreign language, make up the "expanding circle". [197], For the expression of mood, English uses a number of modal auxiliaries, such as can, may, will, shall and the past tense forms could, might, would, should. The language traces its roots to the 5th century AD invasion of Britain by three Germanic tribes – the Angles, Saxons and Jutes. Middle English was spoken to the late 15th century. The conquering Normans spoke a Romance langue d'oïl called Old Norman, which in Britain developed into Anglo-Norman. Additionally, some new words and collocations have emerged from the language, which come from the need to express concepts specific to the culture of the nation (e.g. Germanic tribes (Saxons, Angles, and Jutes) came to Britain from around 449 AD. In English, adjectives come before the nouns they modify and after determiners. Most verbs have six inflectional forms. Nou ich wille þet ye ywite hou hit is ywent For details, see phonological history of English as well as the articles on Old English phonology and Middle English phonology/. [citation needed], English is spoken widely in southern Africa and is an official or co-official language in several countries. [205] Relative clauses are clauses that function as a modifier or specifier to some constituent in the main clause: For example, in the sentence I saw the letter that you received today, the relative clause that you received today specifies the meaning of the word letter, the object of the main clause. The "inner circle"[66] countries with many native speakers of English share an international standard of written English and jointly influence speech norms for English around the world. [49] Literature from the Early Modern period includes the works of William Shakespeare and the translation of the Bible commissioned by King James I. also the demonstrative pronouns.). It was a chain shift, meaning that each shift triggered a subsequent shift in the vowel system. Now the majority of the United States population are monolingual English speakers,[68][101] and English has been given official or co-official status by 30 of the 50 state governments, as well as all five territorial governments of the US, though there has never been an official language at the federal level. [265][266][267] In most American and Canadian English dialects, rhoticity (or r-fulness) is dominant, with non-rhoticity (r-dropping) becoming associated with lower prestige and social class especially after World War II; this contrasts with the situation in England, where non-rhoticity has become the standard. [22][23], English is classified as a Germanic language because it shares innovations with other Germanic languages such as Dutch, German, and Swedish. [56][57] In the countries of the EU, English is the most widely spoken foreign language in nineteen of the twenty-five member states where it is not an official language (that is, the countries other than Ireland and Malta). [44] In the Wycliffe Bible of the 1380s, the verse Matthew 8:20 was written: Here the plural suffix -n on the verb have is still retained, but none of the case endings on the nouns are present. Germanic settlement and power expanded during the Migration Period, which saw the fall of the Western Roman Empire. [289], The first significant exposure of the Philippines to the English language occurred in 1762 when the British occupied Manila during the Seven Years' War, but this was a brief episode that had no lasting influence. Many place-names in those areas are of Scandinavian provenance (those ending in -by, for example); it is believed that the settlers often established new communities in places that had not previously been developed by the Anglo-Saxons. Today, about 9 percent of the South African population speaks South African English (SAE) as a first language. These four vowels are only distinguished in RP, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. With the development of computer and online environments (such as chat rooms, social media expressions, and apps), and the adoption of English as a worldwide lingua franca across cultures, customs, and traditions, it should not be surprising to see further shortening of words, phrases, and/or sentences. Early Modern English and Late Modern English, also called Present-Day English (PDE), differ essentially in vocabulary. The spelling system, or orthography, of English is multi-layered, with elements of French, Latin, and Greek spelling on top of the native Germanic system. [28][29][30] England and English (originally Ænglaland and Ænglisc) are named after the Angles. ham vor to berȝe vram alle manyere zen Some Germanics served in the Roman military, and troops from Germanic tribes such as the Tungri, Batavi, Menapii and Frisii served in Britain (Britannia) under Roman command. In 1604, the first English dictionary was published, the Table Alphabeticall. Common nouns are in turn divided into concrete and abstract nouns, and grammatically into count nouns and mass nouns. The best known national varieties used as standards for education in non-English-speaking countries are British (BrE) and American (AmE). [144], In RP, the lateral approximant /l/, has two main allophones (pronunciation variants): the clear or plain [l], as in light, and the dark or velarised [ɫ], as in full. The great majority of literary works in Old English that survive to today are written in the Roman alphabet. Later changes in pronunciation, however, combined with the adoption of various foreign spellings, mean that the spelling of modern English words appears highly irregular. The most important umlaut process was *i-mutation (c. 500 CE), which led to pervasive alternations of all sorts, many of which survive in the modern language: e.g. [297], Several varieties of English are also spoken in the Caribbean islands that were colonial possessions of Britain, including Jamaica, and the Leeward and Windward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, and Belize. The differences in the pronunciations of the letters c and g are often signalled by the following letters in standard English spelling. Since erst he lay Native speakers are now substantially outnumbered worldwide by second-language speakers of English (not counted in this chart). By the 12th century Middle English was fully developed, integrating both Norse and French features; it continued to be spoken until the transition to early Modern English around 1500. [278] AAVE's important commonalities with Southern accents suggests it developed into a highly coherent and homogeneous variety in the 19th or early 20th century. [226][233] The influence of English comes from such factors as opinion leaders in other countries knowing the English language, the role of English as a world lingua franca, and the large number of books and films that are translated from English into other languages. Þā fōr hē norþryhte be þǣm lande: lēt him ealne weg þæt wēste land on ðæt stēorbord, ond þā wīdsǣ on ðæt bæcbord þrīe dagas. For example, putting the sentence she sees him into the passive becomes he is seen (by her), or he gets seen (by her). [293] Most phonological differences from RP are in the vowels. Founded in 1996, EF English Live has been at the cutting edge of language learning for nearly two decades, having been the first to pioneer a 24-hour teacher-led online English course . Because of the strict SVO syntax, the topic of a sentence generally has to be the grammatical subject of the sentence. Many of the grammatical features that a modern reader of Shakespeare might find quaint or archaic represent the distinct characteristics of Early Modern English.[50]. The spread of RP (also known as BBC English) through the media has caused many traditional dialects of rural England to recede, as youths adopt the traits of the prestige variety instead of traits from local dialects. Some adjectives are inflected for degree of comparison, with the positive degree unmarked, the suffix -er marking the comparative, and -est marking the superlative: a small boy, the boy is smaller than the girl, that boy is the smallest. Today Irish English is divided into Ulster English, the Northern Ireland dialect with strong influence from Scots, and various dialects of the Republic of Ireland. New nouns can be formed through derivation or compounding. Modern English, sometimes described as the first global lingua franca,[56][115] is also regarded as the first world language. [183][184] Subjective case is used when the pronoun is the subject of a finite clause, and otherwise, the objective case is used. Both names derive from Anglia, a peninsula on the Baltic Sea. Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth [33] The epic poem Beowulf is written in West Saxon, and the earliest English poem, Cædmon's Hymn, is written in Northumbrian. [122] By the time of the foundation of the United Nations at the end of World War II, English had become pre-eminent[123] and is now the main worldwide language of diplomacy and international relations. The language had demonstrative pronouns (equivalent to this and that) but did not have the definite article the. red, tall, all) and specifiers such as determiners (e.g. This conflated form is called the oblique case or the object (objective) case, because it is used for objects of verbs (direct, indirect, or oblique) as well as for objects of prepositions. 1 - In some dialects "who" is used where formal English only allows "whom", though variation among dialects must be taken into account. Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhime. The master was a fat, healthy man, but he turned very pale. Sing Heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top [109] English is also widely used in media and literature, and the number of English language books published annually in India is the third largest in the world after the US and UK. [76] Most of those varieties of English include words little used by native speakers of English in the inner-circle countries,[76] and they may show grammatical and phonological differences from inner-circle varieties as well. [303], Click on a coloured area to see an article about English in that country or region. Ne mētte hē ǣr nān gebūn land, siþþan hē from his āgnum hām fōr; ac him wæs ealne weg wēste land on þæt stēorbord, būtan fiscerum ond fugelerum ond huntum, ond þæt wǣron eall Finnas; ond him wæs āwīdsǣ on þæt bæcbord. Some scholars have argued that English can be considered a mixed language or a creole—a theory called the Middle English creole hypothesis. SAE is a non-rhotic variety, which tends to follow RP as a norm. Some conservative varieties like Scottish English have a voiceless [ʍ] sound in whine that contrasts with the voiced [w] in wine, but most other dialects pronounce both words with voiced [w], a dialect feature called wine–whine merger. The borrowing of words of this type was stimulated by Scandinavian rule in the Danelaw and during the later reign of Cnut. English word order has moved from the Germanic verb-second (V2) word order to being almost exclusively subject–verb–object (SVO). the "inner circle" countries have large communities of native speakers of English, "outer circle" countries have small communities of native speakers of English but widespread use of English as a second language in education or broadcasting or for local official purposes, and. And in addition to Scots, Scottish English comprises the varieties of Standard English spoken in Scotland; most varieties are Northern English accents, with some influence from Scots. The British Empire at its height covered one quarter of the Earth's land surface, and the English language adopted foreign words from many countries. Read … [181] Auxiliary verbs such as have and be are paired with verbs in the infinitive, past, or progressive forms. For example, the girl was stung by a bee (emphasising it was a bee and not, for example, a wasp that stung her), or The girl was stung by a bee (contrasting with another possibility, for example that it was the boy). Stressed syllables are pronounced longer and louder than unstressed syllables, and vowels in unstressed syllables are frequently reduced while vowels in stressed syllables are not. Today, American accent variation is often increasing at the regional level and decreasing at the very local level,[263] though most Americans still speak within a phonological continuum of similar accents,[264] known collectively as General American (GA), with differences hardly noticed even among Americans themselves (such as Midland and Western American English). [21] By the end of the century, even the royal court had switched to English. Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat, [58], As Modern English developed, explicit norms for standard usage were published, and spread through official media such as public education and state-sponsored publications. The next most commonly mentioned foreign language, French (which is the most widely known foreign language in the UK and Ireland), could be used in conversation by 12 percent of respondents. Most English speakers around the world can understand radio programmes, television programmes, and films from many parts of the English-speaking world. Vor vader and vor moder and vor oþer ken Since the ninth century, English has been written in a Latin alphabet (also called Roman alphabet). Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast [76] The inner-circle countries provide the base from which English spreads to other countries in the world. In South Africa, English has been spoken since 1820, co-existing with Afrikaans and various African languages such as the Khoe and Bantu languages. [195] Many varieties also use a near future constructed with the phrasal verb be going to ("going-to future"). [164][165], Some dialects have fewer or more consonant phonemes and phones than the standard varieties. The phrase then functions as a single predicate. Commerce, science and technology, diplomacy, art, and formal education all contributed to English becoming the first truly global language. [35] The modern English alphabet contains 26 letters of the Latin script: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z (which also have capital forms: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z). This page was last edited on 22 January 2021, at 10:57. [147], The pronunciation of vowels varies a great deal between dialects and is one of the most detectable aspects of a speaker's accent. one loaf of bread, two loaves of bread. [154] Clusters of nasal and stop are only allowed in codas. [284][285][286], The development of Singapore English started from at least 1819 when British statesman Stamford Raffles arrived in the lands that now make up Singapore to establish a trading port. Middle English is the form of English spoken roughly from the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066 until the end of the 15th century. [171] In addition, the words that have each vowel vary by dialect. The Oxford Dictionary Online is a warehouse of over 600,000 words. In RP, vowel length is phonemic; long vowels are marked with a triangular colon ⟨ː⟩ in the table above, such as the vowel of need [niːd] as opposed to bid [bɪd]. Countries such as Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa have their own standard varieties which are less often used as standards for education internationally. For ȝ, see Yogh. [172] English also has a rich set of auxiliary verbs, such as have and do, expressing the categories of mood and aspect. [215] Discourse markers such as oh, so or well, also signal the progression of ideas between sentences and help to create cohesion. Due to the English language having first evolved in Britain and Ireland, the archipelago is home to the most diverse dialects, particularly in England. [185] While grammarians such as Henry Sweet[186] and Otto Jespersen[187] noted that the English cases did not correspond to the traditional Latin-based system, some contemporary grammars, for example Huddleston & Pullum (2002), retain traditional labels for the cases, calling them nominative and accusative cases respectively. [162], Varieties of English vary the most in pronunciation of vowels. Later texts from the Middle English era, now based on an eastern Midland rather than a Wessex standard, reflect the significant impact that Norse had on the language. the chair is mine). A Germanic settlement of Britain took place from the 5th to the 7th century, following the end of Roman rule on the island. English is classified as an Anglo-Frisian language because Frisian and English share other features, such as the palatalisation of consonants that were velar consonants in Proto-Germanic (see Phonological history of Old English § Palatalization). The earliest form of English is called Old English or Anglo-Saxon (c. year 550–1066). [218], Due to its status as an international language, English adopts foreign words quickly, and borrows vocabulary from many other sources. He gazed in stupefied astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds, and then clung for support to the copper. English also facilitated worldwide international communication. English also makes frequent use of constructions traditionally called phrasal verbs, verb phrases that are made up of a verb root and a preposition or particle which follows the verb. Early Modern English was characterised by the Great Vowel Shift (1350–1700), inflectional simplification, and linguistic standardisation. One way of doing this is through a passive construction, the girl was stung by the bee. The unvoiced velar fricative sound /x/ is found in Scottish English, which distinguishes loch /lɔx/ from lock /lɔk/. The purpose of punctuation is to mark meaningful grammatical relationships in sentences to aid readers in understanding a text and to indicate features important for reading a text aloud.[249]. [177], Possession can be expressed either by the possessive enclitic -s (also traditionally called a genitive suffix), or by the preposition of. [9] The grammar of Old English was much more inflected than modern English, combined with freer word order, and was grammatically quite similar in some respects to modern German. Australian and New Zealand English stand out for their innovative vowels: many short vowels are fronted or raised, whereas many long vowels have diphthongised. [149], The vowel /ə/ only occurs in unstressed syllables and is more open in quality in stem-final positions. [248], English writing also includes a system of punctuation marks that is similar to those used in most alphabetic languages around the world. Early Old English (7th to 10th Century) – this period contains some of the earliest documented evidence of the English language, showcasing notable authors and poets like Cynewulf and Aldhelm who were leading figures in the world of Anglo-Saxon literature. [104][105] Use of English is growing country-by-country internally and for international communication. The Anglo-Saxons settled in the British Isles from the mid-5th century and came to dominate the bulk of southern Great Britain. In the Beginning how the Heav'ns and Earth expressing disbelief), or boy! Most significant was the Great Vowel Shift (c. 1500 CE), which transformed the pronunciation of all long vowels. The Great Vowel Shift affected the stressed long vowels of Middle English. Some dialects have introduced innovative 2nd person plural pronouns such as y'all found in Southern American English and African American (Vernacular) English or youse found in Australian English and ye in Hiberno-English. Noun Phrases, Verb Phrases, and Prepositional Phrases). [77] In Kachru's three-circles model, the "outer circle" countries are countries such as the Philippines,[78] Jamaica,[79] India, Pakistan,[80] Malaysia and Nigeria[81][82] with a much smaller proportion of native speakers of English but much use of English as a second language for education, government, or domestic business, and its routine use for school instruction and official interactions with the government. The pronunciation of particular areas distinguishes dialects as separate regional accents. The total number of English speakers worldwide may exceed one billion. For instance, the word contract is stressed on the first syllable (/ˈkɒntrækt/ KON-trakt) when used as a noun, but on the last syllable (/kənˈtrækt/ kən-TRAKT) for most meanings (for example, "reduce in size") when used as a verb. [269], In Southern American English, the most populous American "accent group" outside of GA,[270] rhoticity now strongly prevails, replacing the region's historical non-rhotic prestige. Having been the centre of Danish occupation during the Viking Invasions, Northern English dialects, particularly the Yorkshire dialect, retain Norse features not found in other English varieties. English pronouns conserve many traits of case and gender inflection. [237] Further complications have arisen through sound changes with which the orthography has not kept pace. [168], General American and Received Pronunciation vary in their pronunciation of historical /r/ after a vowel at the end of a syllable (in the syllable coda). Þis boc is ymad vor lewede men Þā Boermas heafdon sīþe wel gebūd hira land: ac hīe ne dorston þǣr on cuman. Anglo-Norman remained in use in limited circles somewhat longer, but it had ceased to be a living language. An element of Norse influence that persists in all English varieties today is the group of pronouns beginning with th- (they, them, their) which replaced the Anglo-Saxon pronouns with h- (hie, him, hera).[42]. He uses the English language to foster a sense of national identity. [13], Only about 100 or 150 Norse words, mainly connected with government and administration, are found in Old English writing. It can take longer for school pupils to become independently fluent readers of English than of many other languages, including Italian, Spanish, and German. As a result, the language acquired self-conscious terms such as "accent" and "dialect". Middle English began in the late 11th century with the Norman conquest of England; this was a period in which English was influenced by Old French, in particular through its Old Norman dialect. Accents like Cockney with "h-dropping" lack the glottal fricative /h/, and dialects with th-stopping and th-fronting like African American Vernacular and Estuary English do not have the dental fricatives /θ, ð/, but replace them with dental or alveolar stops /t, d/ or labiodental fricatives /f, v/. Only the personal pronouns retain morphological case more strongly than any other word class. ), which may require do-support (Do you like her?, Where did he go?). [290], In addition to Singapore English, Singlish is an English-based creole language[291] spoken in Singapore. Filppula, Markku, Juhani Klemola and Heli Pitkänen (eds.). It is from these words that England and English were derived. Grammar distinctions were lost as many noun and adjective endings were levelled to -e. The older plural noun marker -en (retained in a few cases such as children and oxen) largely gave way to -s, and grammatical gender was discarded. Official documents began to be produced regularly in English during the 15th century. In 865, however, a major invasion was launched by what the Anglo-Saxons called the Great Heathen Army, which eventually brought large parts of northern and eastern England (the Danelaw) under Scandinavian control. English is an Indo-European language and belongs to the West Germanic group of the Germanic languages. [6] The four main dialects were Mercian, Northumbrian, Kentish and West Saxon; the last of these formed the basis for the literary standard of the later Old English period, although the dominant forms of Middle and Modern English would develop mainly from Mercian. English language, a West Germanic language of the Indo-European language family that is closely related to the Frisian, German, and Dutch languages. In London, the Cockney dialect was traditionally used by the lower classes, and it was long a socially stigmatised variety. [245] Nonetheless, there is an advantage for learners of English reading in learning the specific sound-symbol regularities that occur in the standard English spellings of commonly used words. Scandinavian raids resumed in the late 10th century during the reign of Æthelred the Unready, and Sweyn Forkbeard eventually succeeded in briefly being declared king of England in 1013, followed by the longer reign of his son Cnut from 1016 to 1035, and Cnut's sons Harold Harefoot and Harthacnut until 1042. The inflectional system regularised many irregular inflectional forms,[43] and gradually simplified the system of agreement, making word order less flexible. The English language changed enormously during the Middle English period, both in vocabulary and pronunciation, and in grammar. [citation needed] One such usage that is also prominent in the country is in speech, where most Filipinos from Manila would use or have been exposed to Taglish, a form of code-switching between Tagalog and English. Despite this large arsenal, we continue to coin, clip, and blend new words into existence. From the 5th century, the Anglo-Saxons settled Britain as the Roman economy and administration collapsed. Robert McColl Millar, "English in the 'transition period': the sources of contact-induced change," in, John Insley, "Britons and Anglo-Saxons," in. The introduction of Christianity from around the year 600 encouraged the addition of over 400 Latin loan words into Old English, such as the predecessors of the modern priest, paper, and school, and a smaller number of Greek loan words. As of 2005[update], it was estimated that there were over 2 billion speakers of English. The Late West Saxon dialect eventually became dominant. Þā sceolde hē ðǣr bīdan ryhtnorþanwindes, for ðǣm þæt land bēag þǣr sūþryhte, oþþe sēo sǣ in on ðæt land, hē nysse hwæþer. The vowel changes over time can be seen in the following example words, showing the changes in their form over the last 2,000 years: The English language once had an extensive declension system similar to Latin, modern German and Icelandic. gave him gifts: a good king he! [251], Nonetheless, this attrition has mostly affected dialectal variation in grammar and vocabulary, and in fact, only 3 percent of the English population actually speak RP, the remainder speaking in regional accents and dialects with varying degrees of RP influence. In cases where the topic is not the grammatical subject of the sentence, frequently the topic is promoted to subject position through syntactic means. 60–83, 110–130, sfn error: multiple targets (3×): CITEREFLass2000 (, (Subscription may be required or content may be available in libraries. dreamed instead of dreamt), and analytical alternatives to inflectional forms are becoming more common (e.g. English began in England. [216], English is a rich language in terms of vocabulary, containing more synonyms than any other language. The primary forms are a plain present, a third-person singular present, and a preterite (past) form. English literature began to reappear after 1200, when a changing political climate and the decline in Anglo-Norman made it more respectable. English is a pluricentric language, which means that no one national authority sets the standard for use of the language. [259], Scots is today considered a separate language from English, but it has its origins in early Northern Middle English[260] and developed and changed during its history with influence from other sources, particularly Scots Gaelic and Old Norse. He quoth that he lived in the land northward along the North Sea. In fact, Shakespeare is responsible for inventing over 2,000 new words and phrases in his lifetime. 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