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ID number:309175
Published: 03.05.2005.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: 5 units
References: Used

English has borrowed words all trough its course of historical development. It is possible to see what have been those people the English speaking population that has have contacts with in different times and what these contacts have brought. The first ethymological dictionaries were drawn in the 17th century in Britain. The majority of authors related the bulk of English vocabulary to the ancient languages like Old Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, Celtic, what they regarded to be a kind of proto-languages then.1 Actually, they have been right only partly. Words have come into English from such foreign languages as Greek and Latin, from neighbours like (Old) French and Breton, Low Dutch and Dutch, German, Danish, Swedish, Italian and other. Paradoxically, but the words of Celtic origin are few. Later, along with geographical expansion and sailing, borrowings have come from all the world, including many non-Indo-European languages.…

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