Periods in the development of English Old English English has been spoken in England since around is the date given by the Venerable Bede in his history written in the early eighth century. To be more precise a set of varieties of West Germanic have been spoken.
Early Modern English and late Modern English. Early Modern English This wave of development in English took place during the Renaissance period. The revitalization of the orthodox learning injected numerous classical Greek and Latin words in to English language. However many of them still survive up to today.
Shakespeare in Love Labor Lost depicts a character he call Holofernes as an passionate schoolmaster who is very fond of Latinisms Many people find it difficult to understand Shakespeare, but surprisingly he wrote in modern English.
Elizabethan English has more similarity to our English than it has with that written by Chaucer. Certainly, many familiar words were first formed or coined by Shakespeare. Around words and even more phrases owe their origin to Shakespeare.
Examples of such phrases are vanish into thin air, one fell swoop, and flesh and blood. He furthermore, he donated many word to English among them, leapfrog, dwindle, critical, majestic, and pendant. The Great Vowel Shift was the change in the pronunciation which began at about Though the speaker of Modern English can read Chaucer although with some difficulties, the pronunciation is total different and the modern speaker definitely find it difficult or unintelligible.
Conversely, Shakespeare English would be accented and would still be accented. In the Early Modern English, vowel sounds that were long ware made higher in the mouth. This shift however is still not yet over since the vowel sounds are still being shortened even though the rate of these changes currently is negligible.
The development of printing press also impacted positively on this change. InWilliam Caxton introduced printing press in England. As a result books became cheaper an accessible. This increased the levels of literacy in England.
Also publishing books for masses developed into a very profitable enterprise and made available texts written in English for the first time.
This meant that the English could now read something written in their language as oppose to Latin. The printing press contributed greatly to the standardization of English. The dialects of English that were spoken in the areas where the printing houses were located were widely publish and as a result became the English with spellings and grimmer becoming fixed.
Latter in the first English dictionary was published Late-Modern English. There is little distinction between the Early and the late Modern English.
The main source of difference between the two is the vocabulary. Otherwise, the grammar, spellings, and pronunciations are more or less the same. These words developed due to historical factors. For instance, the rise of the technological society and industrial revolution lead to invention of new word or names for new ideas and things that had never existed before.
The second historical factor that also contributed new word to English was the British Empire. The British Ruled almost half of the world and during this period English came in contact with many languages adopting new word these languages and making them its own Crystal, The scientific and industrial revolutions paved way for the need for neologisms to facilitate the discoveries and new creations.
English could not have achieved this on its own and there depend heavily on Greek and Latin to improve its vocabulary. This resulted in the adoption of many words that were never present in the classical languages. Such words as nuclear, oxygen, vaccine, and protein among other were developed from Greek and Latin roots.
Neologisms are not exactly products of classical roots. However, English roots were used in many terms such as typewriter, horsepower and airplane. Currently, the neologisms are still being created as evidence in the fields of computer and electronic.
A good example of these words is cyber, hard-drive, byte, bios and microchip Crystal, The rise of the British Empire and development of trade at a global scale serve to introduce English to the rest of the world and also contribute new word to English.
The languages of the Indian subcontinent such as Hindi donated many words such as shampoo, pundit, juggernaut and pajamas. The best conclusion that can be made on the development of English is that every language of the world contributed to its development and yet more are still contributing.
Whether the contribution was small like the japans tycoon to Finnish sauna it is still recognizable as the contribution made by Latin and French Also noble is the maritime nature of the British Empire which contribute to brought about the nautical terms on the development of English phrases and words such as scuttlebutt and three sheets to the word were formulated on board ships.The dates may be rather arbitrary, but the main distinction between Early Modern and Late Modern English (or just Modern English as it is sometimes referred to) lies in its vocabulary - pronunciation, grammar and spelling remained largely unchanged.
Late Modern English (c. – Present) The English language underwent more huge changes after The Early Modern period came to an end as new influences emerged.
Modern English has two categories of development: Early Modern English and late Modern English. Early Modern English () This wave of development in English took place during the Renaissance period.
Definition. Modern English is conventionally defined as the English language since about or Distinctions are commonly drawn between the Early Modern Period (roughly ) and Late Modern English ( to the present).
The principal distinction between early- and late-modern English is vocabulary. Pronunciation, grammar, and spelling are largely the same, but Late-Modern English has many more words/5(2).
Modern English ( to the present): There were some big developments in the world at the beginning of Modern English period. The Renaissance The Great Vowel Shift The Invention of Printing The Industrial Revolution The British Colonialism.