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THE HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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THE HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

  1. 1. THE HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
  2. 2. WE MAY SPEAK OF ENGLISH AS HAVING ITS BEGINNING WITH THE CONQUEST AND SETTLEMENT OF THE LARGE PART OF BRITAIN BY THE GERMANIC TRIBES.
  3. 3. OF COURSE THESE PEOPLE DID NOT UPON THEIR ARRIVAL IN ENGLAND SUDDENLY BEGIN TO SPEAK A NEW LANGUAGE.
  4. 4. EUROPEAN FAMILY WHICH INCLUDES MOST OF THE MODERN EUROPEAN LANGUAGES.
  5. 5. THESE LANGUAGES WERE OF ANTIQUITY AS LATIN, GREEK AND SANSKRIT.
  6. 6. ONE NEEDS NO TRAINING IN THE FINE POINTS OF PHILOLOGY TO SEE THE SIMILARITIES IN ENGLISH”FATHER”, GERMAN”PATER”, SANSKRIT”PIRT” ALL OF WHICH HAVE THE SAME MEANING
  7. 7. WITHIN THE INDO-EUROPEAN FAMILY OF LANGUAGES THERE ARE SEVERAL SUBFAMILIES, CONSISTING OF LANGUAGES CLOSELY RELATED.
  8. 8. ENGLISH BELONGS TO THE GERMANIC BRANCH OF INDOEUROPEAN AND IS A CLOSE RELATIVE OF GERMAN, DUTCH, THE SCANDINAVIAN LANGUAGES AND EXTINCT GOTHIC.

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