How Does The Language Affect Culture Is Formed And Retained?

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Language is one of the ways anthropological ways culture is formed and retained. Influenced by location, individual backgrounds and intermingling with others of different backgrounds, languages change often and rapidly. In the beginning of the English language and culture, the only way to intermingle was to conquer or be conquered. Dialects mixed, religion developed and histories, lof and entertainment were found nightly at the Mead-Hall. Although the entire family is not in one physical place, in 2014, most people are logging on to social media at night to share stories and memories while checking out the latest hashtags and earning ‘likes’. Beowulf is known as the first English epic, although its true genre is controversial, and…show more content…
In the case of Beowulf, this led to the manuscript with Pagan beginnings and slight Christian undertones, instead of a strictly Pagan. Scops continued to try and bring Christianity into the communities as the religion began to filter into the villages. The Wanderer, se Anhaga, begins with a lone fighter who has just lost everything to a conquering group and is wandering aimlessly and without cause. He eventually comes to the conclusion that only in Pagan terms has he truly lost everything, but in Judeo-Christianity he can still have purpose and meaning. Beowulf evolved through the years with the language, while The Wanderer shows the evolution of the people’s religious inclinations. The years of the English culture following the Anglo-Saxon ways were convoluted with French Kings and a war which in turn cause the language to follow the same path as the people. The French language was considered proper as the nobility was filled with Frenchmen while Anglo-Saxon was common. This merging of cultures is still seen now with the differences in chicken vs. poultry, etc. When English was reestablished as the official language of England in 1363, there was an upsurge of writings celebrating the return. This time also saw the peak of the Church’s power in society along with society’s growing apprehension. Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales help to show the French’s influence in society, the major trends in society as well as his personal hits against the ‘flawed’
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