History of English

Timeline created by yolitzin
In History
  • -55 BCE

    Start (Local inhabitants speak Celtish)

    Roman invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar
  • 43

    Local inhabitants speak Celtish

    Roman invasuion and occupation. Beiginning of Roman rule of Britan
  • 401

    Invaded Britain.

    Started with the arrival of three Germanic tribes who invaded Britain during 5th century AD These tribes are Angles, saxons and Jutes, They crossed the north sea from what today is Denmark and northern Germany The inhabitants of Britain spoke a Celtic language. The Angles come from England and Theri language was called "Englisc" from which the words "England" an "English are derived.
  • 436

    Local inhabitants speak Celtish

    Roman whithdrawal from Britain complete.
  • 449

    Local inhabitants speak Celtish

    Settlement of Britain by Germanic invaders beigins
  • 450

    OLD ENGLISH (450-1100 AD)

    Earliest Known Old English inscriptions 450-480
  • 450

    The invading Germanics Tribes

    The invading Germanic tribes spoke similar languages which Britain developed into what we now call Old English Native English speakers now would have great difficulty undestanding Old English
  • 1066

    William the Conquetor

    Willian the Conquetor, Duke of Normandy invades and conquers England
  • 1100

    Unlil around 1100

    Old English was spoken until around 1100
  • 1150

    MIDDLE ENGLISH (1100-1500)

    The new conquerors called the Normands, the normands brought with then a kind of french. which became the language of the Royal Curt and ruling and bussiness classes. For a period there was a kind of linguistic class division
  • 1150


    Earliest surviving manuscripst in Middle English
  • 1301

    14th century (MIDDLE ENGLISH)

    English became dominant in Britain again, but with many French words added
  • 1338


    Chaucer starts writing "The Canterbury Tales"
  • 1348

    English replaces Latin

    English replaces Latin as a language of instruction in most schools
  • 1362

    English Repleaces French

    English repleaces French as the language of law.
    English is used in Parlament for the first time
  • 1400


    towards the end of Middle English , a sudden and distinct change in pronuntiation started.
    started with vowels being-pronounced shorter and shorter.
  • 1476

    The firts English printing press

    William Caxton establishes the first English printing press
  • 1550

    Language and phases

    the Renaissance of Clasical learning, mant that many new words and phases entered the language. the invention of printing also meant that there was now common language in print.
  • 1564

    Shakespeare was born

  • Table Alphabethicall

    Table Alfabethicall, the fist English dictionary is published
  • Jamestown

    the first permanent English settlement in the New world "Jamestown" is establishes
  • Shakespeare dies

  • Shakespeare's First folio is published

    The books became cheaper
    More people learned to read
    The standardization to english was bought by printing
    Spelling and grammar became fixed, and the dialect of london
  • The Daily Courant

    The first dayly English-languaje newspaper, The Dayly Courant, is published in London
  • Samuel Jhonson

    Publishes his English dictionary
  • Thomas Jefferson

    Writes the American Declaration of Independence
  • Britain abandons USA

    Britan abandons its colonies in what is later to become the USA
  • Late Modern English

    The difference between Eartly and Late Modern English is the vocabulary
    Late modern English has many more words
  • Vocabulary

    The Pricipal Factors:
    The industrial revolution and technology created and needed new words
    the British Empire at its height covered one quarter of the earth's surface and the English adopted foering words from many countries.
  • Webster publishes his American English Dictionary

  • The British Broadcasting Corporation is founded.

  • The Oxford English Dictionary is published

    The Oxford English Dictionary is published
  • Varieties of English

    American English by the English Colonization.
    English of Shakespeare than modern English
    americanisms are in fact original British expressions that were preserved in colonies while lost for a time in Britain.
    Spanish also had and influence on American English.
    French words (thought Loussiana)
    African words (thought slaves trade) Australian English, New Zealand English, Canadian English, South Africa English, Indian English, and Caribbean English.
  • Period:

    Modern English

    Early Modern English
  • Period:

    From the 16th Century

    The British had contact with many people from around the world
  • Period: to

    Modern English (Late Modern English)