Who made up the official English lanugage?

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  • Lisa A
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    It was not made up by anyone. It evolved, while being spoken all over the current UK. It mostly has elements of Saxon and Norse, and German, with some French and Latin, and even a little bit of the Celtic languages.

  • 1 decade ago

    There was a TV program on Public TV some years ago about the History of English. Firstly there were the dialicts of the Britons (Welsh), Angles and Saxons not to mention the Danes. Then in 1066 when the Normans conquered England, French was spoken at court but it began to influence the spoken language of England. The "subject-verb-object" sentence format that had developed by the Anglo Saxons was kept. The language continued to evolve and eventually the dialect of London (since it was the capital and a trading city) became the standard version of the English language.

    "In 1356, the Statute of Pleading was enacted, which stated that all legal proceedings should be conducted in English (but recorded in Latin)." (Wikipedia, Legal English)

    See Wikipedia for a brief history of English.

  • 1 decade ago

    I have no idea. I do know that William Shakespear and the translators of the King James Bible invented a great many of the words in use in the English language. Since then, English just adopts words right and left, down and up from any source.

    See http://www.engrish.com/

  • Sarah
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I don't know who made it up, but did you know:

    The when forming the United States there was a vote to decide on which language would be the official language of the U.S. English or German. and English won by ONE vote.

    So those of you who think your vote doesn't matter it does. It is because of one person that we are speaking English not German.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    London power brokers, clergy, and educators.

    For instance, "ain't " was actually an expression used by Scottish nobility, kings and queens. But London folk were prejudiced against the Scots, and deemed it "improper."

    Teachers and pundits have been trying to foist a standard on every English speaker and every non-English immigrant ever since.

  • 1 decade ago

    Refering to that language-voting incident,

    I thought it was either English or French...

    Anyway, all languages in this world evolved and changed constantly.

    It is not possible to identify a certain guy (or groups) that made up a language.

  • 1 decade ago

    its not a who its whos

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'll answer that ...the English

  • 1 decade ago

    Ever heard of the Tower of Babel? Yeah! Next question please. =)

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