The Contribution of the Greek Language to the History of English

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The contribution of the Greek language to the history of English Name Professor Institution Course Date The English language is grateful to the Greek language for its massive contribution in alphabets and vocabulary. English language has grown overtime to become a dominant language in most parts of the world. For English speakers, Greek has been distinguished as an isolated and complex language. However, the Greek has played an important role on the English language formation. This discussion centers on the Greek language and its influence to the English language. Although the Greek influenced positively to the development of the English language, they take the blame of making English a complex language to some quarters. The Greek language contribution to the English language is massive and notable to date. The Greek language is known mainly to contribute in scientific and mathematical terms of English. Through the Greek language, a positive contribution was made in the English language. Nonetheless, some people view the contribution negatively claiming that the contribution made the English language difficult in vocabulary and pronunciation for English native speakers. The contribution of Greek language can be dated back in the early modern period after the introduction of Christianity. Saint Augustine who came from the Roman Empire landed in Britain with Christianity (Wilson, 1993). He made his teachings in Greek language communicating to the English people through the Greek language. The introduction of Christianity led to the need of translating the bible in English language. Greek was used for the translation, therefore in the process some words were borrowed from the Greek language. For instance, the word “church” was a direct translation from the Greek language. In
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