By Jules Quartly (China Daily)
Updated: 2010-11-17 09:45
From English Club
History of the English Language
A short history of the origins and development of English
The history of the English language really started with the arrival of three Germanic tribes who invaded Britain during the 5th century AD. These tribes, the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes, crossed the North Sea from what today is Denmark and northern Germany. At that time the inhabitants of Britain spoke a Celtic language. But most of the Celtic speakers were pushed west and north by the invaders - mainly into what is now Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The Angles came from Englaland and their language was called Englisc - from which the words England and English are derived.
Earlier today I was privy to a discussion about the origins of the English language - a subject about which I am relatively ignorant. Of course I had to voice an opinion, one based on no research or knowledge.
On argument was that English rose from Latin, and the other opinion wat that it is a Germanic language.
So I thought it would be fun to look around a little and see what information is on the net about this subject.