How old is the English language?
The English language was based off Germanic languages (from the Anglo-Saxons mainly) and the French language.
No hard to answer! English is a West Germanic language that originated from the Anglo-Frisian dialects brought to Britain by Germanic invaders from various part…s of what is now northwest Germany and the Netherlands . Initially, Old English was a diverse group of dialects, reflecting the varied origins of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England . One of these dialects, Late West Saxon , eventually came to dominate. The English language underwent extensive change in the Middle Ages . Written Old English of AD 1000 is similar in vocabulary and grammar to other old Germanic languages such as Old High German and Old Norse , and completely unintelligible to modern speakers, while the modern language is already largely recognisable in written Middle English of AD 1400. (thanks to wikipedia) Tamil as literary language is very old - over 5000 years, which we have come to know by the archeological literature, they are 3rd sangam's (High summit of the scholars of the literature) presentations and they themselves clears that the 3rd sangam is smaller than the previous two sangams. As all of the world's ancient lanuguages (egyptian, aramic, ancient african, australian tribal, and chinese) are still having the conjugates or root-words and means of Tamil language, you can assume which is ancient.
It is a West Germanic language and is closely related to Old Frisian. It also experienced heavy influence from Old Norse, a member of the related North Germanic group of langu…ages.
Old English is an early form of English spoken and written by the Anglo Saxons. Read more in the related link.
Old English, or Anglo-Saxon, is a Germanic language, specifically West Germanic. It is closely related to Old Frisian.
The short answer is: England. Languages have been evolving and borrowing elements from each other for thousands of years. Tribes from what are present-day Germany, Denmark, a…nd Holland started migrating to Britain in the 5th Century, bringing with them some words that survive today in English, although usually not in the same form. Their language evolved into what is called Antlo-Saxon. Norman French went to England in the 11th Century, and their language mixed with Anglo-Saxon, gradually becoming what we call Middle English. A written sample of Middle English is Chaucer's Canterbury Tales . You can pick out some words that are close enough to Modern English to recognize, although overall it looks pretty strange. Middle English then gradually became what we call Modern English. So it was in England that the language came to be something we today can recognize and understand; but some bits and pieces came from Germany, some from France. Part of the Norman French can from Latin, which was spoken in Italy. It's a continuing story.
No. It is Germanic, from the Anglo Saxons.
Modern English has been around since approximately 1400, long before the English language arrived in North America.
Before the Roman Empire conquered England, the English people spoke a Celtic Language. That language remained but sprinkled with Latin while Rome ruled. Rome withdrew its legi…ons around 500 A.D. At that point various Germanic peoples moved to England. Celtic remained spoken in Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall. Still, Old English, a mixture of Germanic languages and Celtic had mainly formed by 600 A.D. It had many similarities to Frisian. It also had a number of differences with its many conjugations and declensions. We can only read Chaucer in translation and he was much later.
Old English is no longer spoken, so yes, it is a dead language. Itmerged with the Old French that the Normans brought to form MiddleEnglish, which in turn developed in to Mode…rn English. Old Englishbecame extinct for the most part around the 13th century.
Anglo-Saxon (Germanic languages) and French.
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Modern English is the form of the English language spoken since the Great Vowel Shift in England, completed in roughly 1550. With some differences in vocabulary, texts fr…om the early 17th century, such as the works of William Shakespeare and the King James Bible , are considered to be in Modern English, or more specifically, are referred to as using Early Modern English or Elizabethan English. English was adopted in regions around the world, such as North America , India , Africa , Australia and New Zealand through colonisation by the British Empire . Modern English has a large number of dialects spoken in diverse countries throughout the world. This includes American English , Australian English , British English , Canadian English , Caribbean English , Hiberno-English , Indo-Pakistani English , Nigerian English , New Zealand English , Philippine English , Singaporean English , and South African English . According to the Ethnologue , there are over 1 billion speakers of English as a first or second language as of 1999. English is spoken in a vast number of territories including the United Kingdom , Ireland , Canada , the United States of America , Australia , New Zealand , India , Pakistan , Philippines , Singapore and Southern Africa . Its large number of speakers, plus its worldwide presence, have made English a common language for use in such diverse applications as controlling aircraft, developing software, conducting international diplomacy, and business relations.
"Anglo-Frisian dialects brought to Britain by Germanic invaders and/or settlers from various parts of what is now northwest Germany and the Netherlands. Initially, old English… was a diverse group of dialects, reflecting the varied origins of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Britain." Article by Wikipedia.
Norman French influenced it heavily from 1066 onward, andeventually turned it into Middle English.