Category: Linguistics

A Short Guide To Irish-English Accents

Irish English (or Hiberno-English, from Latin ‘Hibernia’ meaning Ireland) is a term that refers to the totality of dialects spoken and written in Ireland. Historically, English was firstly used in Ireland along with the Norman conquest in the 12th century in the geographic area corresponding to modern day Dublin, at the time known as ‘the…


The History Of English In 10 Minutes

The English language is one of the most spoken languages in the whole world. It occupies the 3rd place in the top of the most spoken languages worldwide by number of native speakers (according to several studies carried in 2007 and 2010). As of 2006, 360 up to 400 million native English speakers were reported…


Classification Of The Germanic Languages Spoken In Europe

The Germanic languages form a linguistic sub-branch of the Indo-European languages. They are divided into three additional sub-groups as follows: West Germanic (English, German, Low German, Dutch, Frisian, Scots, Afrikaans, Yiddish, Luxembourgish) North Germanic (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, Faroese, Elfdalian) East Germanic – extinct sub-group (Gothic, Burgundian, Vandalic) Statistics I) West Germanic languages 1) English…


Could English Be A North Germanic (Scandinavian) Language?

The English language as we know it today is descended from Old English, a Germanic language which was brought by the Angles and Saxons during the Early Middle Ages in Britain, hence being alternatively known as Anglo-Saxon. In the wake of the Anglo-Saxon settlement, the Norse incursions, and the Norman conquest after the Battle of…


The Dialect Of English Which Was Shaped By The Vikings

The Northumbrian dialect is an extinct dialect of the English language. During the early Middle Ages it was a dialect of Old English that was spoken in the former Anglian Kingdom of Northumbria (currently divided between northern England and southern Scotland). During the late part of the 8th century, the Northumbrian dialect came in contact with…