tell me the history of English

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  1. mdlgaofei

    mdlgaofei MDL Member

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    I saw the Evolution process of English online.I found only a little.Can you tell me more knowledge about the history of English?
     
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    A long long time ago I can still remember how that music used to make me smile....
     
  3. excalibur2

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    There was a very good series on tv a few years ago about the history of the English language maybe it would be worth trying to locate it...it was also interesting for the small things like:- English went "underground" after the Norman conquest when the Normans tried to enforce Norman French on the population and in fact it was 300 years before a king spoke English as his first language.
    Other interesting facts were there was different kinds of English spoken in England and eventually London imposed a standard English throughout the country, but in doing so when there there was a conflict in words just chose one without logic....so does explain why some words\spellings seem odd today.
     
  4. SOCRATE_MMXII

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    C'mon...it's sooooooooo hard to google these days.

    P.S. Can anyone breathe for me, please? It's soooo much work involved: inhale, exhale then repeat again and again...Pleaaaaaase, anyone...breathe for me...:worthy::worthy::worthy:
     
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  5. mdlgaofei

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    Reply to EFA11:Can you summarize this article for me?
     
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  7. Michaela Joy

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    #8 Michaela Joy, Jan 13, 2016
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  8. mdlgaofei

    mdlgaofei MDL Member

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    I've never seen this sentence.So I don't know what do you mean.
     
  9. John Sutherland

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    etymology - the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history

    I remember reading about the origins of the word "bear". In ancient England, there was a name for the animal that preceded the use of the name "bear". Some of the ancient hunter tribes believed that the bear was possessed an evil spirit, and it was considered a taboo or a blasphemy to refer to one using the original name. Instead, they began referring to the animal using the name "bear", which in Old English literally meant "the brown one". Over time, the name that was originally used has been forgotten and is forever lost.

    Online etymology dictionary: http://www.etymonline.com/
     
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    They came, they saw, they grunted :poop:
     
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  12. mdlgaofei

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    #13 mdlgaofei, Jan 20, 2016
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    I'm in China.Are you sure the series on China's tv,too?(Are you sure there's the series online?I'm in China)
     
  13. mdlgaofei

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    English has much exceptional circumstances.Like go and went,spend and spent,eat and ate.
    The normal condition,like jump and jumped.
    Why? So much exceptional circumstances.
     
  14. mdlgaofei

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    What are the 26 English letters' modern meaning?