English as an indo european language Reflection


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English as an indo european language Reflection

  1. 1. English as an Indo-European Language Reflection I had never noticed the extended variety of language families that exist, until themoment I read this document. Language families can be represented, and I did this in my summary conceptmap, as a very big tree; a huge one, really. If I may say ‘the biggest tree of themall’. I say it can be represented with a big tree, because the original languages,also known as ‘Proto Languages’ , are like the strong roots of this huge tree, thestock would be the languages that first evolved from those proto languages, whilethe languages that appeared in the next phase following this ‘proto-evolved’languages would be the branches. Languages that appeared at the end of this verybig chain would be the green foliage of our enormous tree. One of the most relevant language families is the Indo-European family (IE),which was born from what we know as PIE (Proto Indo-European). The Indo-European family language is the family from which English comes from. The summary I made about this text expresses and tries to explain, everyimportant point and step in the analysis of English as an Indo-European Language,from the very beginning until the very end of what, nowadays, we know as one ofthe most relevant languages in our global community. For example, there is aslideshow in the presentation of the same name that has a colourful cake graph,which shows the percentages of some language families and the amount ofspeakers they have in relation to each other. This was quite helpful to interpret,because you can compare the magnitudes of the different families and it is shown,in that slideshow, that English comes from the biggest family of languages, whichalso made me realize about the power that this family language presents thesedays, like in the case of English, language that comes from one of the mostimportant family of languages and that today is, if not, the most important, globallyused language. When it comes to the objectives of the Lexical Analysis course and how thissummary I made can help me understand and achieve these objectives, I believethat the summary is particularly related to the first two objectives: 1) Characterisedifferent periods in the history of the English Language and 2)Characterise wordformation processes in the English language. These objectives can also be of a lotof help when taking the Culture course, because in this class we study thebeginnings of English, where it is from, who spoke it first (peoples) and the impactthat this language has in everyday activities, globally speaking. This document andsummary, together with the first summary of The Origins of the English Language,can help us to understand the history of this powerful language and it will give us ahand to achieve some of the objectives of the different courses that we take whenwe study English Pedagogy, because we truly believe in this to be a life career.