The English Language Essay

2021 Words Apr 8th, 2016 9 Pages
The English language has and will continue to be the unifier of worldwide linguistic diversity. As a result of its globalization and its relative status symbol, the spread of the English language has facilitated the decline of several smaller languages such as those discussed in Russel G. Rymer’s article “Vanishing Voices”. Containing what is arguably the densest concentration of English speakers, the United States population speaks the language with a distinct vocabulary and accent. The form of English spoken by the United States population is merely a dialect, tangentially developing with the language as a whole. A study of the dialect would highlight an array of diverse factors and provide several lenses that could be taken to analyze the formation of the American dialect, the most prominent being the impact of United States’ immigration history. To launch and investigation on the aforementioned subject, the following question must first be asked: How has the modern American dialect evolved as immigration patterns changed within the United States? Immigration into the United States has heavily impacted the formation of the modern American dialect; each wave of immigration and their subsequent the immigrants have all brought their regionalized dialects and thus shaped the modern English spoken in the United States today.
The first departure from British Standard English came with the arrival of the asylum-seeking British immigrants who settled along the Eastern seaboard…

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