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 Definition A West Germanic language widely spoken in the United Kingdom, its territories and dependencies, Commonwealth countries and former colonial outposts of the British Empire; has developed the status of a global language. [d] [e]
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I started this page myself because I thought it was odd to have an article like History of the English language without a page devoted to the lingo itself. At the moment it's extremely general and lacks evidence to back up most of the claims, and there are blank section begging to be filled in, so please feel free to hack it to pieces. John Stephenson 03:27, 25 April 2007 (CDT)

Just did some minor editing. I haven't got time to become heavily involved in yet another Germanic language, but I did clean up some things that are still considered "common knowledge" but that have become highly questioned (Bede's notion that the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes are the sole basis of Old English). I also moved around some stuff. Michel van der Hoek 11:47, 3 June 2008 (CDT)


Material from History of the English language has been moved here. No problem in itself, except that it now means we have to credit Wikipedia for our English language article, because the history page was an external article we'd modified. Originally, 'English language' was an original article and I think it would be better to keep it that way. That means we need to identify and completely rewrite any sections originating on Wikipedia. Helpful link: - this is the first History external article. The stuff on Proto-English we still have is from Wikipedia, and possibly other bits and pieces as well. John Stephenson 03:04, 2 July 2008 (CDT)

Richard II

I don't think it's correct to say his native language was English. My understanding is that he was the last English monarch whose native language was French, & his successor Henry IV was the 1st native English-speaker since the Conquest. I can't cite an authority just now. Peter Jackson 16:29, 20 November 2008 (UTC)