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History of the English Language

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Gabby Miller

on 17 September 2012

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History of the English Language Old English (450-1100 AD) About half of the most commonly used words in Modern English have Old English roots. Most of the Old English writing came form poetry, and religious writings. (1100-1500) Middle English In this period there was a kind of linguistic class division. The lower classes spoke English and the upper classes spoke French. In 1362, English was becoming the language of Parliament and the government. (1500-1800) Early Modern English In Early Modern English the Great Vowel Shift started. It was when vowels started getting pronounced shorter and shorter. During the years for Modern English The Spread of the Black Death, which was a plague, was prominent. In Europe the time of the Renaissance was a time of wealth and artistic growth. It was a time for writers such as Shakespeare and artist like Camillo Baccaccino. The Prophet David, Camillo Boccaccino, 1530 The Renaissance The Restoration 1485-1660 1660-1800 This part of Early Modern English is called Restoration because the the restoring of the British government. (1800-Present) Late Modern English The main difference between the early and modern English is the amount of vocabulary. The Late Modern English has more words, which arose from two main factors: one being the Industrial Revolution, two being the British Empire who at its height covered one quarter of the Earth's surface. Romantic (1798-1832) The romantic times are known for the poems and poets like Elizabeth Barrett Browning. "At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distractions." Elizabeth Barrett Browning Victorian (1832-1901) The Victorian Era or the era of Queen Victoria's reign. This time period is known for being the time when many changes came to the English language most of which was because of the Industrial Revolution. Modern World (1901-Present) Modern English has had many moments of influence, the largest one that has come from the Modern world is the developments for technology. Queen Victoria Map of the Anglo-Saxon Invasion on the British Isles. Current Language agritourism : the practice of touring agricultural areas to see farms and often to participate in farm activities labelmate : a singer or musician who records for the same company as another
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