• Save


Flash Player 9 (or above) is needed to view presentations.
We have detected that you do not have it on your computer. To install it, go here.

Like this presentation? Why not share!

The History of the English Language



A brief history of the English language

A brief history of the English language



Total Views
Views on SlideShare
Embed Views



4 Embeds 26

http://www.weebly.com 14
http://www.bertmccoy.com 6
http://www.educlic.net 3
http://www.interaccess.com.ar 3



Upload Details

Uploaded via as Microsoft PowerPoint

Usage Rights

© All Rights Reserved

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.


15 of 5 Post a comment

  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
Post Comment
Edit your comment

    The History of the English Language The History of the English Language Presentation Transcript

    • The History of the English Language
      Source: A History of English by Barbara A. Fennell
    • Where did English come from?
      English is a member of the Indo-Europeanfamily of languages
    • Latin and the modern Latin languages
      • Germanic languages
      • Indo-Iranian languages
      • Slavic languages
      • Baltic languages
      • Celtic Languages
      • Greek
    • What are its origins?
    • Old English or Anglo-Saxon (449 - 1066 CE)
      The Celtslived in Englandwhen the Romans invaded.
      The Romans finally left England in 410 CE as the Roman Empire was collapsing
    • Then the West Germanic tribes arrived to England
      The Angles
      The Saxons
      The Jutes
      The Frisians
      These tribes spoke Anglo-Saxon or Old English.
      This language is similar to modern Frisian
      Today approximately 400,000 people speak Frisian
      =( The Celts moved north leaving the main area of Britain =(
    • Later (850 CE) the Vikings came and brought with them their North Germanic language influence
      Words: WATER & BOOK
    • Middle English (1066 - 1500 CE)
      The Norman Conquest
      French-speaking William, Duke of Normandy
      Old English began to change with the influence of the new French speaking Norman aristocracy
      New vocabulary:
      Beef, pork, and veal = cow, pig, and calf
      French English
    • Early Modern English (1500 - 1650/1700 CE)
      The Renaissance – Revival of scholarship: Greek and Latin classics
      William Shakespeare – 3000 Latin based words
      Age of Exploration and discoveries:
      Products from the New World: Tobacco, Chocolate, Potato
      King James Bible – 1st Book printed in English
      William Claxton –The Press
      These printed materials helped to standardize the language
    • Late Modern English(1800 to 2010)
      Rise of technology
      Industrial revolution - nuclear, airplane, horsepower
      Growth of the British empire and current expansion of the American influence on the world
      Neologisms from other languages:
      Shampoo and pajamas
      Canyon and Ranch
      Hamburger and Rocket
    • Due to all these factors, the modern English language is very rich and flexible!
      (VARIOUS RULES: CONFUSING!!! in spelling and pronunciation)
      The English language is spoken by 750 million people
      English is an official language in:
      England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and the United States.