Why do people learn Middle English

Things to know about the English language

 
 

 
English - a Germanic language
 
From a linguist's point of view, English and German have more in common than one might think at first glance.
Because: Both belong to the same language family. They are among the Germanic languages.
Within this language family, both are even included in the same branch - namely, that of the West Germanic languages.
 
English - a brief history of the language
 
In 449 AD The Angles, Saxons and Jutes conquered that island that we know today as England.
In order to crush the local peasantry, these tribes bring not only combat tools but also language tools.
You conquered and settled and spread your language, or better: your dialects, because at that time there was no question of a uniform standard language.
Other languages ​​also influenced the developing Old English at this time: Celtic, Latin and Scandinavian languages.
The influence of the latter is probably the greatest, because the languages ​​of the Vikings (which kept coming up in various places) were also Germanic (i.e. related) languages.
 
In 1066 the phase of Old English came to an abrupt end with the incursion of William the Conqueror.
He prevailed against King Harald II in the Battle of Hastings and from that moment on, Middle English was spoken in England.
The English nobility that had ruled until then was replaced overnight by the Normans William the Conqueror.
These “Northmen” spoke French because they came from France. English was displaced and only spoken by the common people, which resulted in an enormous loss of prestige for the English language.
Many words of French origin that can still be found in the English vocabulary today date from this period.
From the middle of the 13th century, a phase of return to English as the national language began and it regained popularity and popularity.
 
The way to a standard language was paved by the beginning of the 16th century.
The dialect around the capital London is establishing itself and spreading across the country. With the invention of the printing press, the primacy of this dialect is further established as more and more people learn to read and write. This phase is known as Early New English.
 
From the 18th century onwards, people finally speak of modern English.
The rapid spread of English also fell during this period. In the course of colonization and the discovery of America, English becomes the world language.
 
English as a world language
 
Suppose you would get the call "Do you speak English?" sound over the earth.
In response, around 300 million people would say "Yes!" shout: You speak English as your mother tongue.
Another 300 million should answer your question in the affirmative because they speak English as a second language.
From more than a billion other throats you would also say "Yes!" because so many people speak English as a foreign language.
 
English has become one of the most important languages ​​in the world over the past 200 years.
English is the official language in over 40 countries. In many other countries, English has the status of a semi-official official language.
This means that it is very important for trade and everyday life in the country and is spoken by many people every day - only it does not have the official status of an official language.
Think of Malaysia, Israel or Hong Kong, for example.
 
English has found its way into many areas of people's lives around the world.
Think, for example, of pop music - in Spain, France and Singapore we sing it in English as a matter of course.
Advertising is another example: whether in Bangkok, Budapest or Berlin - many advertising slogans are emblazoned in large English letters on the billboards.
The world's scientists also exchange information in English.
The same goes for trade: international and many nationally operating companies have introduced English as the lingua franca.
And so countless other examples of the worldwide spread of English could be found.
 
 
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