After the Romans left, an uprising of other invaders took up residency in England, known as the Saxtons and Angles. “They introduced a new language to the population of Britain known as Anglo-Saxon (Old English) and seen as the beginning of the English language”. As time passed Britain fell victim to more invaders that spoke a different language and had different cultural backrounds, all of these factors consequently contributed to the altering and changing of original English language. An important era arose for the English language during 1066 (Middle
This establishment quickly collapsed and the first permanent English colony of Jamestown was established 20 years later in 1607. With over a 100 year head start on England it would make sense that Spain capitalized the most on the New World; however it is quite the opposite. The differences in the colonization process helped England capitalize more by giving them the resources needed to bring them into the Industrial Revolution, and led Spain into a period of decline. There are many differences in how England and Spain colonized the new world. These differences include; the location of the colonized land, the treatment and relationship of the natives, reason for colonization, and the capitalization of the natural resources.
New England vs. Chesapeake Region During the late 16th century, England rapidly colonized the newly found Americas. Citizens were sent out to the eastern coast of North America in two regions. In the Chesapeake region, the English came to Jamestown to make money, find gold, and obtain land. However, in New England, Puritans came to America mostly for religious purposes. Although the New England and Chesapeake regions were originally colonized by mainly English settlers, the two regions in time evolved into two distinct societies.
The English language is a rather complex and has a wide range of words. We not only adopt the foreign languages, but also incorporate various slang terms into our vocabulary. Every word has an origin of where it originated from and a story behind of how the word came to be, along with its meaning. Throughout history, words tend to adapt and change the way they are used and even the way we pronounce them. At the end of the eighteenth century, the word “ain’t” arose from the contracted verb forms such as “can’t”, “won’t”, and “don’t”.
Dylan Thomas lived and wrote during the Modernism Era. This era started in the early 20th century until the beginning of World War II. Some believe that is started in the late 19th century and lasted until 1965 but that is questionable. Modernism started in Europe but Americans played an important role in it. This era was built from many cultural influences even thought any people were overwhelmed by the creation of new technology and the mass destruction from the First World War.
English Society of the Middle Ages saw many developments and new trends, but none so plainly as the developments witnessed in the Language and Literature of that time. It began with the Norman Conquest: eloquent French words substituted for the “harsh” Saxon equivalents, primarily in the upper levels of society. Literature began to reflect these changes in the language, and continued to evolve throughout the Renaissance. Together, these aspects helped define the Middle Ages. The Norman Conquest took place in 1066 with the death of King Edward.
Whenever there is shortage of vocabulary, English would directly borrow from other language instead of making words on their own. Over sixty percent of twenty thousand commonly used words in English are borrowed from other languages. Foreign languages influence the quality of English in a sense of grammars, soundings and meanings as well as the quantity of English vocabulary. The increasing of English vocabulary can be roughly divided into three period, the Old English period, Middle English period and early Modern English period. Through time, foreign languages like Latin, French and Greek invaded English settled down and was absorbed.
Since 1776, the accents diverged but English accent in America has changed less drastically than accents in Britain. Towards the end of the 18th century, non-rhotic speech took off in southern England, especially among the upper class; this "prestige" non-rhotic speech was standardized, and has been spreading in Britain ever since. In British English the present perfect is used to express an action that has occurred in the recent past that has an effect on the present moment. For example:” I've misplaced my pen. Can you help me find it?” In American English, the use of the past tense is also permissible:” I misplaced my pen.
The speed and shorthand of modern technology has doubtlessly changed our use of the English language but is this a good or a bad thing. The English language has taken thousands of years to develop and grow and even now it is still changing and expanding. The English language has had many cultural influences before Germanic languages came to England everyone was speaking Celtic but now the English language contains influences from the French, Latin, Greek, Scandinavian, Norman, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Indian, German, Hebrew , Yiddish and Arabic language. A key feature of language is that it always changes. So there is a reason to think that the recent changes are just a continuation of this cycle of change.
“As society changes, so does language, and American society has changed enormously in recent decades”(MacNeil 144). United States is one of the most diverse country in the world, American English is also changing periodically. Nowadays, American English is mainly divided into two categories, which are Standard and Nonstandard English. Debate between prescriptivists and descriptivists has begun. Prescriptivists, who support Standard English, argue that English should remain in formal, classic form.