Joshua: English Language and Old English Essay

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A primitive language first utilized by the Anglo-Saxons since the Dark Ages, the English language has since been developed into one of the most dominant and useful languages to know as of today. Stemming from a wide range of influences, Old English, the foundation of the “New English” that we now use worldwide is a language completely difference from its descendent. The usage of its grammar and pronunciation of Old English has since been an archaic art. Throughout its course of development, Old English evolved around the many influences around the setting in which it was developed. Since the Early Middle Ages, Old English has absorbed some aspects of a few languages which it came in contact. Of many, most significant other languages that influenced the formation of Old English was Latin, Norse and Celtic. One of the ways the influence of Latin can be seen is that many Latin words for activities also came to be used to refer to the people that are engaging in said activities. The second major source of influence is the Vikings in Scandinavia, which spoke primarily Norse. The usage of different dialects in each Scandinavian region is said to have helped “Old English accelerate in development” (Barber 137) As well, the Celtic language introduced analytic word order to the Germanic Old English. (Vennemann) Such various influences lead to different dialects in different regions, and thus different usages of grammar to the flexible Old English. Unlike modern English, Old English is a language with morphological diversity. As well, in Old English, grammar was less strict of an instrument. Word order was generally freer, and there was no do-support in questions and adjectives. As well, multiple negatives could stack up in a sentence. There are more complex differences that relates to more in depth grammar regulations, but like most other differences from modern English, they were simply…