Origin Of The English Language

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Origin of The English Language Today the english language is one of the most well known, and one of the most oftenly used languages in the world we live in. Through time the english language has greatly evolved on its journey across the world. Since the beginning of the english language’s history it has had additions to the alphabet, and also some parts of it has been taken away. Another major change would be the dialect of the language has changed in some ways. Although you can still can somewhat get a hint of what is being said in old english, it still a big jump to the way we pronounce it around the world today. The english of the english language started many years ago in Europe. It was in the fifth century that three Germanic…show more content…
¨Old English / Anglo-Saxon was first written with a version of the Runic alphabet known as Anglo-Saxon or Anglo-Frisian runes, or futhorc/fuþorc ¨( Ager 1). The style that the Anglo-Saxons used came from the script that were used by the Irish missionaries. ¨ From the tenth century Anglo-Saxon scribes began to use Caroline Minuscule for Latin while continuing to write Old English in Insular minuscule¨ (Ager 1). Everything that was written by the Anglo-Saxons were called scribes. Writing these scribes was very time consuming for the Anglo-Saxons. Books were rare in these times as well. Just to write a long manuscript it would take them nearly a whole years to complete. The Old English alphabet would heavily be influenced by Caroline Minuscule though it still proceeded to contain a good quantity of the distinctive Insular letterforms. ¨This alphabet was an extended version of Elder Futhark with between twenty-six and thirty-three letters¨ (Ager 1 ). The runes that started in the fifth century AD died around the tenth century. ¨They started to be replaced by the Latin alphabet from the seventh century, and after the nineth century the runes were used mainly in manuscripts and were mainly of interest to antiquarians¨ (Ager 1 ). The Old english vocabulary didn 't just only consist of letters of the alphabet, but also symbols which would mean a word. The old english alphabet isn 't far off the alphabet we have today. There were
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