The Language Of The English Language Essay

1172 Words May 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
The English language is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is known as a bridge language that is often used in global trade, business, diplomacy, and communication. Although the United States does not have an official language, English is the primary language that is used and taught across the country. Meanwhile, English is the official language of many other countries and English speakers are found on each and every continent. Yet how did this come to be? Where else is English spoke across the world and how is it different from American English? Why is English so significant and widespread at the global scale? The answers to these questions come when examining the deep and fascinating history of one of the most popular languages in the world. Surprisingly enough, the English language began as a tribal dialect and is now spoken by millions of people around the world. The earliest period in the English language is referred to as the “Old English Period”, dating back to the fifth century when Germanic tribes invaded Britain. These tribes were called the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes. This period is often also referred to as Anglo – Saxon English, due to the strong Saxon influence. Vikings also played a strong influence in English in this period, as they introduced several hundreds of words to the language. The second period of English occurred in the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. England’s social and political structures underwent dramatic changes,…

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