L1 - World Language Language Language a set of sounds,...

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World Language
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Language Language – a set of sounds, combinations of sounds, and symbols that are used for communication.
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Key Themes to look for: 1. Where and why are English language speakers located where they are? 2. How is English related to other languages? 3. Where are other language families distributed? 4. Struggles with language identity and language and place.
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General Overview: English developed as a distinct language in England Resulted from migration of Germanic speaking people 1,500 years ago and Normans 1,000 years ago Romance languages developed due to migration of Romans over 2,000 years ago
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Language Statistics: English and Mandarin are the two most frequently spoken languages in the world Nearly all Mandarin speakers are located in China English is official language in 42 countries Approximately 2 billion people live in countries where English is the official language (1/3 of world’s pop.)
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Where and why are English language speakers located where they are?
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Where and why are English language speakers located where they are? Origin and Diffusion Why is English the official language in 42 countries?
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Where are English-speaking countries located? English is the official language in 42 countries, including some in which it is not the most widely spoken language. It is also used and understood in many others.
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Why these countries? By the outbreak of World War I (1914), European states held colonies throughout the world, especially throughout Africa and in much of Asia.
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Where and why are English language speakers located where they are? Origin and Diffusion Why is English the official language in 42 countries? Migration of English speakers around the world through colonization In American Colonies, struggle between England and France would also be struggle between English and French Remnants of that struggle: French in Quebec Cajuns in Louisiana
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English also is a result of migration and diffusion Little known about earliest speakers on island Celts arrived about 2,000 B.C. Around 450 A.D. other groups began to arrive English became a mixture of several languages: Jutes and Angles from Denmark Saxons from Germany Normans from France (not until 1066)
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English also is a result of migration and diffusion Little known about earliest speakers on island Celts arrived about 2,000 B.C. Around 450 A.D. other groups began to arrive English became a mixture of several languages: Jutes and Angles from Denmark Saxons from Germany Normans from France (not until 1066) French was official language in Britain for 300 years French used by elites Germanic language used by common people
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The main dialect regions of Old English before the Norman invasion persisted to some extent in the Middle English dialects through the 1400s. Before
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2012 for the course GEOG 140 taught by Professor Tom during the Spring '10 term at UNL.

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