The evolution of the English language

Minna Sundberg
Minna Sundberg

Here’s a post about the evolution of the English language explained in 25 maps. It’s an excellent work made by Libby Nelson. He shows the evolution of the language from the Indo-European languages to modern dialects.
It talks about how the English language started when the Angles, Saxons and Jutes moved to the UK and set Kingdoms. Then the influence of the Vikings and the process of the change of the language with the Norman Conquest.
It mentions the colonization of America in the 17th and 18th centuries and how the British settlers coming from different regions took to America a variety of accents. The article also tells about the first Europeans in Australia in the 18th century.
Maps 12 and 13 shows where the language is spoken officially in the world and the European countries which can speak English respectively.
Finally, the last section explains about dialects and regionalisms in Great Britain and North America.

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