Language change influences

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Migration, travel the british empire and globalisation:

  • 16th and 17th centuries were the age of travel. There were borrowings from Spanish and Portuguese languages (words tended to end with vowel sounds such as banana, tobacco and canoe) and settlement from America, which was already settled by the Spanish. Many cigarette companies are named after American towns, for example, Marlboro (a town in West Virginia).
  • English was looked down upon and then became as good as Latin when expressing love, due to Shakespeare’s work. It is beginning to become a global language.
  • Lexis was borrowed from explorations, nowadays the main influence is media and technology
  •  If one tribe of people trades with another, they will pick up specific words and phrases for trade objects,
  • when people travel they take their…


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