Rules of the English Language Rule #1: English is always changing Olde English: The British Empire: Immigration to America: Germany Hungary Poland Rust Belt
Factories Scotland Appalachian Mountains
Sheep Ireland Boston Rule #2: English adapts to the needs of its speakers Two needs: 1. Technology Car
iPad 2. Slang Dude
H.A.M. Rule #3: English wants to be efficient MPG = ? Most ideas in fewest words, even sounds Thou Thee Ye You You Cannot can’t jk
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Style of Dress?
Type of House?
How are his Teeth? Middle English: Early Modern English: England got good at two things: Building ships Trading slaves USA! USA! Most Americans aren't originally from America... When people came here, they stuck close to their home culture... English was only spoken in England. Until... Questions? Standard American English What's his dialect? a/k/a "Proper" English Governed by rules Changes with the times Gatekeeper Password: Proper English Proper English Recipe Book? SFHSee the full transcript