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Language Etymology

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Michael Becker

on 22 May 2012

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How come you talk like that? Well, there are lots of reasons. In fact, there isn't a particular reason Etymology is the study of history of words and language. Etymology is not black and white Unlike this Prezi
(I know the colors are kind of tame) The one universal truth:
Language evolves Some factors to make it evolve:
Physical space
Technology Geography/People Centuries, not days especially in the past few decades "I do not know."
I don't know."
"I, like, don't know."
*Shrug* English is NOT Latin based! Latin languages are
French. Rome was conquering all over the world In what is currently Germany, the tribes stole Rome's ideas of roads, democracy, and language. Our language is Germanic...

Closer to Swedish or Finnish than Latin 1) Physical Space Our ancestors traveled from present-day Germany to the Irish/English isles. The isles are isolated so it changed further. Remember, over centuries! Then we traveled to that other island America (technically North America is an island, right?) Once we were settled in America, we met other people to influence our language We met:

Native Americans Africans Mexicans Squash
Canoe Voodoo California
foods Then we spread out Then we created regions Regions create dialects Like Boston New York South 3) Technology Technology changed language The Printing Press allowed more people to access the language Language proliferated quickly. The Internet and cell-phones have changed language the past few decades Text Speak Turning nouns into verbs Fax
Email How will this affect us? Who knows???? Beowulf:written in the 1100's actually. Close to 1200's. It is in Old English. Canterbury Tales: 1400's by Geoffrey Chaucer (In Middle English) Shakespeare: 1600's antique form of Modern English Frankenstein: Mary Shelly (1797-1851)
1800's-older form of Modern English
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