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What is the meaning and origin of English?

Asked by Srijith KP, 30 Aug '08 11:39 am
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English is derived from England, one would think. But in fact the language name is found long before the country name. The latter first appears as Englaland around the year 1000, and means "the land of the Engle," that is, the Angles. The Angles, Saxons, and Jutes were the three Germanic tribes who emigrated from what is now Denmark and northern Germany and settled in England beginning about the fourth century a.d. Early on, the Angles enjoyed a rise to power that must have made them seem more important than the other two tribes, for all three tribes are indiscriminately referred to in early documents as Angles. The speech of the three tribes was conflated in the same way: they all spoke what would have been called Anglisc, or "Anglish," as it were. By the earliest recorded Old English, this had changed to Englisc. In Middle English, the first vowel had already changed further to the familiar () of today, as reflected in the occasional spellings Ingland and Ingl ...more
Answered by GOPI KUMAR, 30 Aug '08 11:43 am

 
  
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English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the first language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the Anglophone Caribbean. It is used extensively as a second language and as an official language throughout the world, especially in Commonwealth countries and in many international organizations.
Answered by JAYANTILAL PATEL, 30 Aug '08 11:46 am

 
  
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Answered by john hope, 30 Aug '08 11:44 am

 
  
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Answered by PMDhanya Nair, 30 Aug '08 11:42 am

 
  
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