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Informative post with animated graphics from author Nicholas C. Rossis’s blog. FIND OUT how the English language evolved. It’s fascinating! ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

Nicholas C. Rossis

TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Educator Claire Bowern and Director Patrick Smith have produced a great little film that explains the origins of English. As they explain, 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? The Origins Of English traces the language from the present day back to its ancient roots, showing how English has evolved through generations of speakers.

Going Further Back

However, illustrator Minna Sundberg went even further back. She has captured in an elegant infographic a linguistic tree which reveals some fascinating links between different tongues, illustrating how most of the different languages we speak today can actually be placed in only a couple of groups by their…

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Comments on: "The Origins Of English" (10)

  1. Bette, tanks for posting Ncholas Rossi’s blog on a great book and wonderful subject.

    • The TEDed video and linguistic tree are awesome. Had to share and so glad you stopped by to check it out, Micki. ❤ Have a fantastic week! xo

  2. Such a cool video, Bette. Fascinating once again to learn how connected we all are. 🙂

  3. NOW you’re talking my language. I only wish we could rename our particular brand as American, a language as unique as our nation.

  4. Amazing. Thank you.

  5. Thanks for sharing this fascinating post at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina

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