The Origins Of English

Nicholas C. Rossis published a phenomenal article about the origins of English. Thanks so much, Nicholas. This is exciting!

Nicholas C. Rossis

TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Educator Claire Bowern and Director Patrick Smith have produced a great little film that explains the origins of English. As they explain, when we talk about ‘English’, we often think of it as a single language. But what do the dialects spoken in dozens of countries around the world have in common with each other, or with the writings of Chaucer? The Origins Of English traces the language from the present day back to its ancient roots, showing how English has evolved through generations of speakers.

Going Further Back

However, illustrator Minna Sundberg went even further back. She has captured in an elegant infographic a linguistic tree which reveals some fascinating links between different tongues, illustrating how most of the different languages we speak today can actually be placed in only a couple of groups by their…

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6 thoughts on “The Origins Of English

  1. You speak it with a sing song lyrical beat with sort of Yiddish/English accent. And as in Latin you pronounce every syllable there are no silent ones. For example “tales” is not one syllable but pronounced as two “tal – ez”. And as in Latin the accent on a multi syllable word is on the next to the last syllable. Can listen to oral readings by experts and may advise a little differently but another way to get the feel of the melody is listen to tapes Dylan Thomas speaking his own poetry.

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