TED-Ed lesson on the history of the English language

Friday, July 17, 2015

Linguist and Yale faculty member Claire Bowern explains the evolution of the English language in a recent TED-Ed video animated by Patrick Smith.
When we talk about 'English', we often think of it as a single language. But what do the dialects spoken in dozens of countries around the world have in common with each other, or with the writings of Chaucer? Claire Bowern traces the language from the present day back to its ancient roots, showing how English has evolved through generations of speakers.

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