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Not even the Ancient Britons, for they spoke old Brythonic. English is an amalgamation of several languages including, Old Brythonic, Latin, Norse, French and Germanic dialects.
The Angles and (Saxons) both came from Northern Germanic tribes around 450 AD, and pretty much established the England we know. A bit more than half the English language used today came from them.
Is that why Shakespeare said "Thou" instead of "You", for example? :D
 
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Is that why Shakespeare said "Thou" instead of "You", for example? :D
Just in case you really want to know, Bill Bryson not only wrote a book about Shakespeare, he did one called "The Mother Tongue", a study of how English originally developed, how it grew by "borrowing" words from places it conquered, and changed again when it went to America with the colonists. It was quite funny in places!
One of the many oddities was the word "gotten". Still commonly used in the US, but died out in England. To the point where an English person using it might be accused of using American speech, when it's actually west-country English dialect, preserved!
 

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Just in case you really want to know, Bill Bryson not only wrote a book about Shakespeare, he did one called "The Mother Tongue", a study of how English originally developed, how it grew by "borrowing" words from places it conquered, and changed again when it went to America with the colonists. It was quite funny in places!
One of the many oddities was the word "gotten". Still commonly used in the US, but died out in England. To the point where an English person using it might be accused of using American speech, when it's actually west-country English dialect, preserved!
Sounds very interesting. Will look up that book, thanks :)
 

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