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  KryssTal : The English Language
Because the English underclass cooked for the Norman upper class, the words for most domestic animals are English (ox, cow, calf, sheep, swine, deer) while the words for the meats derived from them are French (beef, veal, mutton, pork, bacon, venison).
Languages in the same box as English (the Germanic Languages) are sister languages to English and are its closest relatives.
English belongs to the Indo-European family of languages, which is a large collection of languages with a common ancestor.
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  English Language - MSN Encarta
English Language, primary language of the majority of people in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, other former colonies of Britain, and territories of the United States.
Even in countries where English is not a primary or official language, it is taught as a foreign language and used as the language of technology and diplomacy.
English is spoken in more parts of the world than any other language and by more people than any other language except Chinese.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761564210/English_Language.html   (1144 words)

  
  English language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
English was spread to many parts of the world through the expansion of the British Empire, but it did not acquire a lingua franca status in other parts of the world until the late 20th century.
English is the language most often studied as a foreign language in the European Union (by 89% of schoolchildren), followed by French (32%), German (18%), and Spanish (8%).
English as a lingua franca for Europe is a new variant of the English language created to become the common language in Europe, spoken in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/English_language   (5991 words)

  
 English language - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about English language
The ancestral forms of English were dialects brought from the northwest coastlands of Europe to Britain by Angle, Saxon, and Jutish invaders who gained footholds in the southeast in the 5th century and over the next 200 years extended and consolidated their settlements from southern England to the middle of Scotland.
Scholars distinguish four main early dialects:; of the Jutes in Kent (Kentish), the Saxons in the south (West Saxon), the Mercians or southern Angles in the Midlands (Mercian), and the Northumbrians or northern Angles north of the Humber (Northumbrian).
The orthography of English was more or less established by 1650, and, in England in particular, a form of standard educated speech (known as received pronunciation (RP)) spread from the major public (private) schools in the 19th century.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /English+language   (1096 words)

  
 English language at AllExperts
English was spread to many parts of the world through the expansion of the British Empire, but it did not acquire a lingua franca status in other parts of the world until the late 20th century.
English is also the most widely used language for young backpackers who travel across continents, regardless of whether it is their mother tongue or a secondary language.
English is the language most often studied as a foreign language in the European Union (by 89% of schoolchildren), followed by French (32%), German (18%), and Spanish (8%).[1] It is also the most studied in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
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 English language - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article
English is a West Germanic language that originated from languages brought to Britain during the first half of the first millennium by Germanic settlers from various parts of north-west Germany.
English is the primary language in Australia (Australian English), the Bahamas, Barbados (Caribbean English), Bermuda, Dominica, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica (Jamaican English), New Zealand (New Zealand English), Antigua and Barbuda, St.
English is the most widely learned and used foreign language in the world, and, as such, many linguists believe it is no longer the exclusive cultural emblem of "native English speakers," but rather a language that is absorbing aspects of cultures worldwide as it grows in use.
www.startsurfing.com /encyclopedia/e/n/g/English_language.html   (4044 words)

  
 History of the English language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
These two invasions caused English to become "mixed" to some degree (though it was never a truly mixed language in the strict linguistic sense of the word; mixed languages arise from the cohabitation of speakers of different languages, who develop a hybrid tongue for basic communication).
The Germanic language of these Old English speaking inhabitants of Britain was influenced by contact with Norse invaders, which may have been responsible for some of the morphological simplification of Old English, including loss of grammatical gender and explicitly marked case (with the notable exception of the pronouns).
As there are many words from different languages, and English spelling is variable (to be charitable), the risk of mispronunciation is high, but remnants of the older forms remain in a few regional dialects, most notably in the West Country.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/History_of_the_English_Language   (1386 words)

  
 English to go - English lessons, Learn English, Teach English, Lesson plans, ESL resources, ESL reading
english as a foreign language, teaching english as a second language, english as a second language, To communicate in the global economy it is not enough to know English alone.
It is now essential to have a grasp of the global economy and to understand teach english as a foreign language, learn to speak english, learn english, how other people live and work.
In November 1998 the www.english-to-go.com learning to speak english, english speaking courses, online english courses, website launched with a lesson called 'lift off', a story about John Glen who was circling in space at the time.
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 George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," 1946
Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.
Now, it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer.
Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
www.mtholyoke.edu /acad/intrel/orwell46.htm   (4451 words)

  
 English language - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
English language is believed to have originated among the Huns in 107 BC.
English language arrived much later, during a coffee break at the offices of Dow Petrochemical when Sandy positively HAD to tell Gerald about how amazing Kelly was on last night's episode of American Idol.
A particularly nasty mutated version is known as US English, which was invented in the microsoft labs and is believed the most nasty and infectous strain (characterised by rampant "z" usage and missing "u"'s).
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/English_language   (698 words)

  
 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/English language
English has lingua franca (diplomatic language) status in many parts of the world, due to the military, economic, scientific, political and cultural influence of the United Kingdom in the 18th and 19th centuries and the United States beginning in the 20th century.
English is the primary language in Australia (Australian English), the Bahamas, Barbados (Caribbean English), Bermuda, Dominica, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica (Jamaican English), New Zealand (New Zealand English), Antigua and Barbuda, St.
English is also one of the primary languages of Belize (with Spanish), Canada (with French), India (with Hindi and 21 other state languages), Singapore (with Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and other Asian languages) and South Africa (along with Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, and Northern Sotho).
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/English_language   (3070 words)

  
 Education Week: English-Language Learners   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
English as a second language: May be the same as immersion but also may include some support to individuals in their native tongue.
Two-way bilingual education: Instruction is given in two languages to students, usually in the same classroom, who may be dominant in one language or the other, with the goal of the students’ becoming proficient in both languages.
The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs supports the Office of English Language Acquisition "in its mission to respond to Title III educational needs" of ELL students.
www.edweek.org /rc/issues/english-language-learners   (2219 words)

  
 Language Course Finder - Search over 10000 Language Schools teaching 88 Language courses in 115 Countries
Find language schools and language courses worldwide on the Internet Course Finders, your first information source online for language courses, boarding schools, hotel schools and other international study programmes.
With over 10 000 language schools teaching 88 languages in 115 countries, www.language-learning.net is the largest online directory of language courses and language schools worldwide.
Find the right language school by using search criteria that is important to you (80 criteria including school location, type of language course, duration of study, accommodation supplementary leisure activities…).
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For him, English in Africa is a "cultural bomb" that continues a process of erasing memories of pre-colonial cultures and history and as a way of installing the dominance of new, more insidious forms of colonialism.
Language is thus inseparable from ourselves as a community of human beings with a specific form and character, a specific history, a specific relationship to the world.
The shadows and language of tribal poets and novelists could be the new ghost dance literature, the shadow literature of liberation that enlivens tribal survivance.
www.english.emory.edu /Bahri/Language.html   (1417 words)

  
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Politics and the English Language George Orwell 1946 Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.
I should expect to find--this is a guess which I have not sufficient knowledge to verify--that the German, Russian and Italian languages have all deteriorated in the last ten or fifteen years, as a result of dictatorship.
The defense of the English language implies more than this, and perhaps it is best to start by saying what it does not imply.
www.eserver.org /langs/politics-english-language.txt   (3892 words)

  
 Ethnologue report for language code:eng
Colloquial English may not be a creole but a regional variety of uncreolized English.
An additional 10,276 or 1.8% of population (1976 census) are part-European, and speak English and Fijian.
Nida, Eugene A. A synopsis of English syntax.
www.ethnologue.com /show_language.asp?code=eng   (1618 words)

  
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In tracing the historical development of the English language, it is customary to divide it into three periods: Old English, which dates from earliest times to 1150; Middle English, 1150-1500; and Modern English, 1500 to the present.
The history of the English language may be said to have begun with the arrival in Britain of three Germanic tribes about the middle of the 5th century.
in the case of English it was the arrival in Britain of a small Germanic tribe from an "angle" of land on the Continent.
www.worldlanguage.com /Languages/English.htm   (1721 words)

  
 English Language Fellow Program - SIT   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
English Language Fellows use their skills and training to serve the world community while gaining valuable real-world experience.
English Language Fellowships are funded by the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by the School For International Training.
The English Language Fellow Program is an excellent opportunity for both new and veteran Master's level English language teachers to not only serve the growing needs for English in countries around the world but also to further their own professional development.
www.sit.edu /elf   (548 words)

  
 The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. 2000
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.
I am not so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of heaven.
Over 90,000 entries feature 10,000 new words and senses, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, 900 full-page color illustrations, language notes and word-root appendixes.
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 English Language School in Devon | English Courses in Exmouth
Exmouth, known as the "English Riviera", is located in the middle of Devon´s beautiful landscape.
Language Plus is an English language school in Exmouth, Devon, with friendly, professional staff and a relaxed academic atmosphere.
In Languages Plus we work hard to improve your English while you make life-long friends and have great fun, in the pleasant surroundings of one of Britain's most scenic areas.
www.languages-plus.co.uk   (158 words)

  
 The Standards
The vision guiding these standards is that all students must have the opportunities and resources to develop the language skills they need to pursue life's goals and to participate fully as informed, productive members of society.
Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
Students whose first language is not English make use of their first language to develop competency in the English language arts and to develop understanding of content across the curriculum.
www.ncte.org /about/over/standards/110846.htm   (580 words)

  
 Overview of the English Language to Help You Learn English
English is spoken by one out of every six people in the world.
English belongs to the Germanic branch of the Indo-European family of languages.
A dialect can be defined as a "variation of a language used by a group of speakers set apart from others geographically or socially." Using this definition, it is easy to identify English as a language with many dialects.
www.transparent.com /languagepages/english/overview.htm   (560 words)

  
 English/Language Arts
The North Carolina Standard Course of Study provides a set of English language arts competencies for each grade and high school course to ensure rigorous student academic performance standards that are uniform across the state.
The ultimate purpose of the English Language Arts curriculum is to teach students the language abilities they need to communicate effectively as individuals and as contributing members of society.
The English Language Arts Standard Course of Study is the framework that guides classroom instruction and assessment for every student in North Carolina.
www.dpi.state.nc.us /curriculum/languagearts   (317 words)

  
 LANGUAGE SCHOOLS: Learn English
When you consider that approximately 375 million people in the world speak English as a mother tongue, an equally large number of people speak English as a second language, and around 750 million people speak English as a foreign language, English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.
Also in today’s international market learning English as a second language has almost become a necessity as English is the language of communication in International Business, and International Politics.
Therefore to study English, learners need to look no further than the internet or media which is dominated by the English language.
www.abroadlanguages.com /al/english   (265 words)

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