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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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  • Confusing English Words

    Confusing English Words

    Confusing English Words English can be a confusing language for people who grew up speaking Spanish. Many words sound the same, but are spelt differently. Sometimes these words have very different meanings, and sometimes there is only a small difference. Sometimes, two words that are …

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  • Common English Abbreviations

    Common English Abbreviations

    Common English Abbreviations Contractions The English language contains a number of abbreviations, or words that are shortened in order to make them easier to write and pronounce. The most common kind of abbreviations are called contractions. A contraction is formed by joining two words with …

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  • Suffixes and Their Meanings

    Suffixes and Their Meanings

    Suffixes and Their Meanings Inflectional Suffixes A suffix is a letter or a group of letters that are placed at the end of a word in order to change its meaning. In English, the most common suffixes are used to change the grammatical meaning of …

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    Learning English As a Second Language

    Learning English As a Second Language Language is a very important part of human society, and has been evolving for hundreds of thousands of years. Learning a language is a difficult task, but can be very rewarding. Fortunately, everyone has experience learning at least one …

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  • The English Language: Dialects

    The English Language: Dialects

    The English Language: Dialects The English language has been evolving and changing since before the Middle Ages, and today there are many different English dialects. English is a pluricentric language, which means that there isn’t a single dialect that is considered correct. Different dialects have …

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    Silent Letters in English Words

    Silent Letters in English Words Many languages contain words with silent letters, or letters that aren’t pronounced when the word is spoken, but English has more silent letters than almost any other language. More than half of all English words contain silent letters, at least …

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  • English the global language

    English: the Global Language

    English: the Global Language A lingua franca is a language that is spoken by people from a variety of cultures in order to facilitate trade and international relations. Different parts of the world have seen many different lingua francas throughout the course of history. Perhaps …

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  • Shakespeare Words Invented

    Words Invented by Famous Authors

    Words Invented by Famous Authors Most English words have their roots in older Germanic languages, and sometimes Latin or French, but other words have been invented recently, often by famous English authors. Sometimes authors are unable to find a precise word to fit the meaning …

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  • Influences on the english language

    Influences on the English Language

    Influences on the English Language The English language evolved in what is now the south of England, after the Angle and Saxon tribes colonised the area. These tribes spoke a variety of West Germanic dialects, and the close proximity of the tribes led to the …

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