The Greek & Latin Roots of English
The Story of English
Early Modern English (c. 1470 - 1755 AD/CE) - Starts with the Great Vowel Shift in the 15th century, ends with the publication of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language and the Industrial Revolution. Important literature: King James Bible, William Shakespeare, John Milton, Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels), Metaphysical poets. The familiar/singular pronoun "thou" (for "you") was generally used up until the mid-1600s.
Modern English (Late 1700s - present) - The Industrial Revolution and British colonialism led to a great increase in new words created for new things and new words brought in from other languages. The words for new inventions and concepts generally came from Greek and Latin.
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