English Language Influence

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History of English language and Its Influence in Classic Literature
English is a unique and modern language. In fact, according to the United States Census Bureau, “For most people residing in the United States, English is the only language spoken in the home” (2015). The Bureau further reports, that although English is the primary language of choice for most U.S. citizens, however, there are many languages besides English, spoken in homes across the nation. What is fascinating about English, is that it is influenced by several different languages and cultures; and new words are created daily. The terms: Bureau, Café, and Bouquet are only a few examples of French origin vocabulary, which is now incorporated into the English Language. The history
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Its author is unknown, but seems to have had a good grasp of the Bible and other great epics” (Treharne 1996). Beowulf enlightens literary classrooms with an idea of the mannerisms and beliefs of the Viking culture. The poem mainly glorifies the self-entitled character “Beowulf”. He is a brave warrior who seeks to restore a kingdom from a monstrous creature. According to the poem, the creature “Grendel” is believed to be a descendant from Caine. Caine, According to the book of Genesis in the Bible, is the son of Adam and Eve, who murdered his brother Abel. It is apparent here that this epic poem draws reference to the …show more content…
According to George Boeree’s article “The Evolution of English,” the main dialects during this time period were: Northern, Midlands, and Southern”. In his article, Boeree includes an excerpt from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. The particular tale he chose to depict is entitled, Tale of the Wyf of Bathe. The apparent misspellings of the word “wife” and “bathe”, provides examples of Middle English translated into literature texts. The Canterbury Tales, is an epic chain of tales, which consist of 24 different short stories. These stories or tales, are shared by pilgrims embarking on a pilgrimage. In an effort to pass time, these pilgrims began to tell tales of people from their villages, towns, and country. Canterbury Tales has been around for centuries, and like Beowulf, it is still relevant and being taught in both English and British literature classrooms

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