Definition of the English Language Essay

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Definition of the English Language

The many varieties of dialects and accents of the English language make it difficult to put together one exact definition of what the English language is when looked upon as one unified language. One has to look at the evolutionary development of the language. It is therefore necessary to consider the historical events to grasp the coherence of the present situation regarding the English speaking nations of the world.

The history of the English language is of significance because English is spoken more frequently than any other language except Chinese, (1). English is spoken by an estimated 1,500,000,000 people, and that number is ever increasing, (2).
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The languages families include Celtic, Germanic, Italic, Indo-Iranian, Tocharian, Armenian, Anatolian, Albanian, Greek, Balto-Slavic, and Slavic languages. Scholars renamed the language group the Indo-European family after 3,000 BC (2).

The early history of the English language began in Britain and with several groups of people. At first people migrated to the place now called England. Several invading groups joined the original settlers of England, bringing with them their language and culture. English became a mixture of languages that adapted to the circumstances and the needs of the people. Eventually England commanded an empire, thus, spreading the language around the world. When the empire diminished the Americas continued to spread the English language because of their political power and wealth. The Celts were the first Indo-European people to spread across Europe, (2). They emerged from south central Europe and spread throughout most of Europe. They migrated to southwest Spain, central Italy, and throughout Britain in a series of wave-like migrations. The first group of Celts went to Ireland in the 4th century and later reached Scotland and the Isle of Man. The second group went into southern England and Wales, and later to Brittany, producing a type of Celtic know as British. During the greatest