Origin and Diffusion - Chapter 5.4

By Max DeVos

Summary of Language DIffusion

Imagine a game of telephone, where you tell one person something, and they tell the next, and they tell the next, and by the time it gets back to you, the message is entirely different. This is how new languages are created. However, these are organized into families, branches, and dialects.

Languages Diffuse From Their Place Of Origin Through Migration

As time passes, and people move from place to place as technology grows stronger and more prevalent, languages tend to move with their native speakers. For example, if a large number of Syrian refugees came to the United States, we would have an influx of Arabic speakers, but at the same time, those refugees, if they planned to stay, would most likely learn English in order to be able to adequately communicate with locals.
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The Origin and Diffusion of the English Language

Many various groups of people have migrated to England since it's creation, and over time a singular language was created. The English language is a mixture of many languages, including Celtic, Latin, Norwegian, and Norse. The English Language is a Germanic language, because it was the easiest to smatter together from all the other languages.


Below: Map of Invasions of England, which led to the creation of English

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