THE ORIGINS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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THE ORIGINS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

  1. 1. THE ORIGINS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
  2. 2. THE ORIGINS OF LANGUAGES IN EUROPE
  3. 3. LANGUAGE GROUPS <ul><li>The Celtic languages spread over much of southern and western Europe. </li></ul><ul><li>Latin came to be the dialect of Rome and its use spread with the growth of the empire. </li></ul><ul><li>Norman French influenced the English language. </li></ul><ul><li>The modern Germanic languages derive from different tribal groups. </li></ul>
  4. 4. ENGLISH LANGUAGE INFLUENCES
  5. 5. LANGUAGE CONTACT IN EUROPE <ul><li>The language spoken by a particular tribe could change as the result of contact and conquest </li></ul><ul><li>Identity of Germanic peoples remains an enigma </li></ul><ul><li>Contact between tribal groups led to mutual influence in their language because of: </li></ul><ul><li>- trade (Pidgin English) </li></ul><ul><li>- military contact (World Wars) </li></ul><ul><li>- conquest (Battle of Hastings) </li></ul>
  6. 6. LANGUAGE IN BRITAIN <ul><li>The earliest language spoken in Britain are the Celtic languages. </li></ul><ul><li>The roman army occupies two-third of Britain and Latin was introduced as the language of the occupying forces. </li></ul><ul><li>During the 5th century Germanic migrants crossed the North Sea and settled on the east and south coasts of Britain. These migrants are known as Anglo-saxons. </li></ul>
  7. 7. EARLY ENGLISH DIALECTS
  8. 8. THE BEGINNING OF THE WRITTEN ENGLISH

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