The History of English - How the English language went from an obscure Germanic dialect to a global language
INTRODUCTION
HISTORY
TIMELINE
LANGUAGE ISSUES
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
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The History of English - How the English language went from an obscure Germanic dialect to a global language


 
LANGUAGE ISSUES
 

The majority of this website is devoted to the history and development of the English language, but the inclusion of a handful of more general topics related to language development might help to throw some additional light on how English has come to be where - and how - it is:

  • How New Words Are Created (including by Creating from Scratch, by Adoption or Borrowing, by Adding Prefixes and Suffixes, by Truncation or Clipping, by Fusing or Compounding Existing Words, by Changing the Meaning of Existing Words, by Errors, by Back-Formation, by Imitation of Sounds and by Transfer of Proper Nouns)
  • Language and Geography (inlcuding National Boundaries, Multilingual Countries, Endangered Languages)
  • English as a Global Language (including What is a Global Language?, Why is a Global Language Needed?, Is a Global Language Necessarily “A Good Thing”?, Is English a Global Language?, Is English Appropriate for a Global Language?, What About The Future?)

 

 

 

How New Words Are Created >>
 


INTRODUCTION
HISTORY
TIMELINE
LANGUAGE ISSUES
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
SOURCES & LINKS
 
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