The origins and development of the english language sixth edition continues to focus on the facts of language rather than on any of the various contemporary the oretical approaches to the study of those facts the presentation is that of fairly traditional grammar and philology so as not to require students to master a new. English language a west germanic language of the indo european language family that is closely related to the frisian german and dutch languages it originated in england and is the dominant language of the us the uk canada australia ireland and new zealand it has become the worlds lingua franca. The historical aspect of english really encompasses more than the three stages of development just under consideration english has what might be called a prehistory as well as we have seen our language did not simply spring into existence it was brought from the continent by germanic tribes who had no form of writing and hence left no records. This page is a short history of the origins and development of the english language the history of the english language really started with the arrival of three germanic tribes who invaded britain during the 5th century ad these tribes the angles the saxons and the jutes crossed the north sea from what today is denmark and northern germany
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