Many linguistics were afraid that the English would be corrupted, and some expressed the concern that what was being written at that time would would be unrecognizable to future generations. Lexicographers took advantage of the moment and began to set the standards for the language .In the 18th century, there was a switch in the authority from the grammarians to the lexicons. The one person who made a bid for lexicographers authority was Samuel Johnson. He created the role of the dictionary editior. There was a great demand for dictionaries because English was the first language in the country, and the English was taught in the schools.
Standardization of the English Language English was not the original indigenous language of Britain. The first arrival of the Anglo-Saxons in Britain, the inhabitants of the country spoke Celtic languages. Yet English shows few dialects brought by the Germanic invaders. Nor was the subsequent growth of English within Britain a smooth or inevitable trajectory. After the Norman invasion, English was not the first language of the ruling classes.
English; the Universal Language Today, the English language is one of the most widespread languages on the planet, but to that it originated from a small, gloomy, rainy island that Julius Caesar thought would not amount to anything, is pretty difficult to believe. As time went on, and influential people came and went, and important events took place, the language changes tremendously from it’s Old English origin. The biggest visible change in the language occured between Old and Middle English as a whole other language was combined with English. The Modern era gave light to more concrete spelling and literacy as learning became more widespread and readily accessible. Although the English language has gone through immense transformation over time, its can be distinctly divided into three periods; Old English, Middle
This essay will discuss what the pros and cons are of the -lish language. The English language is dominating the world, several countries adopt the English language and form a new language, by combining the original language with the English. This development has its benefits and disadvantages in the country. There are people who appreciate the –lish language, and people who are against the transformation. This has caused a ruckus in several countries, for example,
Despite being in English, it is incompressible compared to modern English meaning that it has to be translated to a more modern version of English. Many people have translated the poem, two examples being Seamus Heaney and Burton Raffel. Because they are separate translations, there are slight changes and deviations within the two translations. This can be best seen with the hero Beowulf. Though the two translations have their similarities such as Beowulf being portrayed as courageous and him believing in fate, they differ when it comes to Beowulf’s pridefulness.
The Constitution of the United States can be seen as a reaction to the British. The Constitution was a piece of work that took many revisions as it was the main framework to our government. When the 13 colonies were under the ruling of Britain, they didn’t want to break away from them. Instead, they wanted to be recognized as part of their government and so in the Stamp Act Congress Resolution of 1765, the English colonies wrote a document that was addressed to the King and British Government. The Stamp Act Congress wrote in a
This is the case with a lot of people in India and Pakistan. They're con¬demned to write in English, but I don't think this is such a bad thing because English is a rich language. Naturally it is not my first language; I'm more at ease talking in Gujrati and Urdu. After moving to America I realized that all my sentences in English were punctuated with Gujrati and Urdu words. Sidhwa writes in English, it is a new English with words from the native
There are many arguments for having a codified constitution, or keeping our unwritten one. Since 1997, many constitutional reforms have been made. The difference between an uncodified and codified is that in an uncodified constitution, it is not confined to one document, but in a variety. In Britain, our constitution comes from a range of sources including common and statute law, treaties, conventions and historical documents such as the Magna Carta. However, a codified, or written, constitution is found in one document.
This is something that is prone to happen and quite a few of Shakespeare’s words, for example, crimeless, insisture, primy, unsisting, etc. happened to disappear as the English language continued to evolve. This was the process which led to literary language slowly rising towards standardization. 3.3 Standardization of the English Language William Shakespeare’s writings are a part of one of the factors that led to the standardization of English, because as soon as they became popular, his words and phrases were put into full action and from this, the grammar and rules of English slowly started being established. Moreover, his writings represent the rules that are currently being used in the English language, for example, he reinitiated the use of suffixes in grammar.
Received pronunciation is believed to be based on the southern accent of England. However, it has a lot of features in common with the early modern English dialect of the east midlands; a mixture of London speech with elements of east midlands, middle Essex, and Essex became known as received pronunciation. At this point, it is important to note that as is characteristic of any language, received pronunciation went to a state of flux. The Cambridge English pronouncing dictionary used the term “BBC Pronunciation” because they believe that at this point, the name, “Received Pronunciation” has become archaic (Daniel Jones 2003). And that BBC News presenters no longer suggest high social class and privilege to their listeners, a particular phonetician called Jack Windsor Lewis has criticized the term “Received pronunciation” as “invidious, ridiculously archaic, parochial and question begging”.