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Why is English so Hard to Spell? 2.0
Transcript of Why is English so Hard to Spell? 2.0
2000 BC - 50 AD
Why Is English So Hard To Spell?
54 AD- 410 AD
2. Who lived here in England from before 2000 BC to 50 AD?
What language did they speak?
Celtish? They didn't write
1. What three language groups combined to form the basis of Modern English?
3. Who invaded about 50 AD?
4. Rome is falling around 500 AD. Who invades England next?
From the Sutton Hoo Treasure
Very few! No written language.
Bredon Hill = Hill Hill Hill
Very few. They left buildings, baths, walls, and roads, but little of their language. Place name:
Londinium, a Roman army camp.
Missionaries: The Church
his, hers, I , our, d
t, dog, horse
pig, sheep, cow, AND
The 100 most-often used words in English
Church-related, then many
words used by educated
The law, sciences,
5. But where did the Latin in English come from, if not the Romans?
6. Who invades next, to steal Saxon gold and church treasures?
7. Who were the last foreign invaders of England ? in 1066?
st, heathen, husband
th, and many more.
The Roman Empire
We don't know.
Four old languages combined to create recognizable spoken English.
But we have unreadable spelling; the pronunciations of ancient languages are frozen into English spelling.
Beowulf: Old English
These "Romance Languages" are what Latin became over time
Latinate (from Latin)
Look who named it "Britain"!