The making of English: where it has been and where it is headed

Neshkovska, Silvana and Trajkova, Zorica (2018) The making of English: where it has been and where it is headed. International Journal of Education - Teacher. pp. 135-143. ISSN 1857-8888

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Linguists concerned with diachronic research of English have established several main
periods of development of the English language: Old–English (450-1100); Middle English
(1100-1500) and Modern English which is further subdivided into Early Modern English
(1500-1700) and Late Modern English (1700 - ).
The aim of the paper is to explore the most important social, political and cultural factors that
marked all these three major periods, as they undoubtedly exerted heavy influence on the
making of today’s English. In fact, the paper attempts to follow closely the intricate and
extraordinary story of the development and evolution of the English language since its
inception to date. It traces some of the major ups and downs of the language and their
correlation with particular historic events primarily (but not exclusively) from Britain’s great
and turbulent historic past and present. The paper tries to demonstrate how all of that has
been manifestly reflected in the language at various levels – pronunciation, morpho-syntax,
lexis, and spelling.
Keywords: English language, development, evolution, major historic events

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Prof. d-r Silvana Neskovska
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 10:30
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 10:30

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