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…