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    The printing press made life better for people in many ways. It made it easier to publish written material and led to an expanding market of people learning and desiring to read. As Baugh and Cable indicate, by Shakespeare’s time “…it is probable that not less than a third and probably as many as half of the people could at least read.” (199). Baugh and Cable give another interesting statistic as consequence of the printing press, “The number of books printed before the year 1500 reaches the surprising figure of 35,000. The majority of these, it is true, were in Latin… But in England, over 20,000 titles in English had appeared by 1640” (199). The numbers of this fact are staggering, in 100 years almost as many books were printed as in the 1500 years before. While some didn’t agree with printing in English, the printers found it a profitable market. This is detailed in A History of The…

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    changed over time, so has our English language and the way we use it has as well. Just as old English transferred into middle English and thus ended in modern English, so has the way we display the English language. The English language has changed over time and will continue to improve throughout the years with more and more exposure to other languages and methods to speak it. With an abundance of factors to how the English language has changed, there are two main causes to how we ended up…

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    In order for English Language Learners to effectively ascertain the language, it is important that those students are exposed to linguistic input they can understand. In a text such as Beowulf, it is mandatory that a simplified version of the text is provided to English learners because of the already complex nature of the original text. Beowulf in its aboriginal form, Old English, is too far removed from the Modern English Language spoken today. Not only must we provide a translation for…

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    Norman Conquest Influence

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    The influence of the Norman culture, especially its literary aspect is immense. The debts of the vernacular literature of France penetrated very little into the English soil as the French were no apostles of culture. However, the Norman Conquest forced English into a subservient position from which it only gradually re-emerged as a language simplified in structure and its spelling, vocabulary and literary expression were strongly influenced by the arrival of the French language and culture. It…

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    The English language has been a major component of communication since the early fifth century. The English language has evolved in three different ways as the eras of time changed, which would include Old English as the first milestone towards the evolution of English literature and language. In addition, Middle English contributed to the evolution of English as it contributed to Christianity and chivalry from literary works of morality. Finally, the English language has evolved into what is…

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    Ardian Sallauka 25/12/2015 Middle English Middle English language was spoken in England between 1100 and 1500, and it is considered to be the ancestor of modern English, the language used nowadays. Middle English was divided into three main periods: Early Middle English 1100-1250, the Central Middle English 1250-1400 and finally the Late Middle English from 1400 to 1500. Early Middle English: It was known as the…

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    During this time period, language was much different than it is today and it has gone through many changes over time. The main languages used during the Middle Ages were Middle English, Latin, and Anglo-Norman. People used different languages for different purposes such as writing and printing and most of them spoke more than one language. Some people with second languages had a degree of literacy. The evolution of languages throughout the Middle Ages gave strong foundations for modern…

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    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…

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    Beowulf Hero Analysis

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    Beowulf is an epic hero and an Anglo- Saxon hero for many different reasons. Other than Beowulf being the central character and presenting himself larger than life, he also is the definition of a hero. When one defines a hero with the values of Anglo- Saxons, the hero would be defined as a man with extraordinary qualities, be honorable, and show bravery. The hero would also have a sense of duty, which in this case means being devoted to one’s people. Beowulf is shown as a hero with…

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    In his novel Native Speaker, Chang-rae Lee argues that the learning English in and of itself is a method of cultural assimilation forced on immigrants and their families in the United States. This argument can be seen through the words and thoughts of Lee’s narrator. “‘The polls say people are against bilingualism,’ I said. ‘They’re against giving anything more to immigrants’” (37). Henry Park, the first-person narrator, says this in the present day to his coworker at the spy agency while…

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