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Atelier Reseau Internet Monde

The Impact of the Internet on the English Language

The Impact of the Internet on the English Language For hundreds of years, technology has been driving the evolution of the English language. In the fifteenth century, the invention of the printing press established standard methods of spelling English words. New forms of punctuation were invented to make printed texts easier to read, and for the first time people from …

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Words That Have Changed Their Meaning Over Time

English Words That Have Changed Their Meanings

Words That Have Changed Their Meanings Over Time Languages are constantly changing and evolving, and the same is true of individual words. Sometimes words change their meaning very quickly; for example, when the word mouse came to mean the pointing device that we use to control a computer. A computer mouse is about the same size as the animal, and …

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The Great English Vowel Shift

The Great English Vowel Shift

The Great English Vowel Shift People who are learning English often find it difficult to pronounce English vowels. Some English vowels can be pronounced in several different ways, depending on the spelling of the word, and sometimes they are even pronounced differently in words that have similar spellings. For example, the ‘ea’ in ‘bread’ is pronounced the same as the …

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The History of English Poetry

The History of English Poetry

The History of English Poetry English poetry has a long and distinguished history. Poets began writing in Old English as early as the seventh century, but the most famous Old English poem, Beowulf, has been dated to the eight century. Beowulf deals with the adventures of a brave warrior in Pre-Christian Europe. He kills two monsters, becomes a king, and …

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The History of the English Alphabet

The History of the English Alphabet Ancient Alphabets An alphabet is a collection of symbols used to spell out words. In an alphabet, each symbol represents a phoneme, or a unit of sound. The Egyptians were the first people to use symbols to represent sounds, but their hieroglyphics aren’t an example of a true alphabet, because each symbol represented a …

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