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How did William Shakespeare affect the English language?

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William Shakespeare made up new words to add to the English Language

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William Shakespeare created many new words such as "addiction," "champion," "eyeball," and "lonely" that we still use to this very day,


Shakespeare had a great effect on the English language, coining new words and giving old expressions lasting popularity through his plays. He became famous outside England after his death.


William Caxton was the first English printer, translator and importer of books into England. He established the first printing press in England.


William Shakespeare affected history by being a pioneer in his writing, and producing such a large amount of plays. Many of plays are considered classics today, and are read in schools.


William shake spear had a positive impact on society because his poems spoke a different languages to society


It has no effect on language. Canada's official languages are English and French.


It probably did, but if so it was not reflected in the plays which Shakespeare was writing at the time of Hamnet's death, viz. around 1596. Shakespeare was very close about his feelings and did not tell everyone about them (of if he did, they did not make note of it).



William Shakespeare influenced all of the drama which followed him by setting a higher standard for character development, pacing, dramatic structure and plot. Although the lines Shakespeare wrote for his characters are amazingly potent, and most actors want to be able to say them, their style did not affect later playwrights significantly.


It affects our country's economy in such a way that if we did not know English language then we wont be able to trade in other countries as in mostly countries the main language is English. It is a big disadvantage for our countries.



I think the English started "borrowing" the words that the Vikings and French spoke.


Since there is so much of broken down English in most music lyrics, they have an effect on others to learn the Standard form of English and therefore resulting in poor English language speaking.


The Normans introduced Anglo-Norman, a dialect of Old French, as the language of the ruling classes in England, which displaced Old English. Many, many French words were integrated into the English language and are still here today. During the time, William the Conquerer never bothered to learn English, and so Anglo-Norman became very integrated as a way for them to understand each other. Names like William and Robert also became very popular in England, instead of Anglo-Saxon names.


I don't think that this would affect one's identity. If you switch to an other language that you know really well, you even think in that language, you don't translate. But I really don't see how this could affect your identity. My native language is dutch, second language is french, third language is English and the fourth language is German, but at the end I am still me and I'm flemish.


The Germanic invasion of the British Isles and William the Conquerorâ??s victory at the Battle of Hastings had a profound impact on the English language. Before the Germanic tribes invaded England, British natives spoke Celtic. Afterwards, Old English was spoken. It was heavily Germanic but a good amount of commonly used Modern English words, such as be, have their roots in Old English. When the Norman William the Conqueror came to England, he brought his native French to his court. Middle English eventually developed as French words were added into the mix and it is more recognizable to modern English speakers today than is Old English.


Nothing whatsoever. William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe celebrated their first St. Nicholas's Day, but that did not affect the theatre.


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It has rendered our youth to be unable to learn the proper use of the English language. *Troll face*


Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in Stratford upon Avon, a small town in Warwickshire. At the time of his birth there was an outbreak of plague in the town. The plague outbreak did not affect Shakespeare or his family at that time, although he did lose his sister Anne to it a little later when she was seven and William was fifteen.



Shakespeare coined a lot of words that we use in the English language today, and a lot of phrases and ideas. Shakespeare did not only shape literature in the Elizabethan era, for his work influences the world to this day. He taught that that love can conquer and destroy, that people trust what they cannot see, and that human ethics are easily manipulated. His plays, poems, and sonnets go beyond the lessons of a high school classroom. The stories he wrote still play a dominant role in entertainment today. He inspired people to pursue literature, to develop philosophies and challenge conformist ideals. Shakespeare coined many words we use everyday and brought revolutionary ideas to the way literature is written.


If you speak English, you use words that Shakespeare coined and phrases he popularized, possibly without even knowing that they come from Shakespeare. Just about everyone says "there's method in his madness" or "all that glitters is not gold". Because Shakespeare's work is so well-known everywhere, the images of scenes from his plays are familiar to everyone. An image of Romeo standing below Juliet's balcony or Hamlet looking at a skull are recognizable by everyone and used as such.



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