The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself. – Derek Walcott
The language of Chaucer and Shakespeare never ceases to amaze. If you’re taking part in English studies, you may be interested to know that the Oxford English Dictionary adds about 1,000 new words a year. Topics include technology (smartwatch, live-tweet), pop culture (twerk, binge-watch), politics (post-truth, Brexiteer), etc.
With influences ranging from the Vikings to ancient Greek and Latin, the roots of the English language are as diverse as the people who speak it. English is the official language in over 50 countries, with a strange exception – did you know the United States doesn’t have an official language?
Historically, Old English was used from about 450 to 1150, the most famous literary example being Beowulf. Middle English followed from 1150 to 1500, and saw the publishing of Chaucer’s famous Canterbury Tales. The rich age of Early Modern English and Shakespeare would come next. Around the mid-17th century, we start to refer to the language as Modern English, which is what you’ll be studying in your English course!
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