Friday, May 7, 2010

english langauge and its use

A brief chronology of English
BC 55Roman invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar.Local inhabitants speak Celtish
BC 43Roman invasion and occupation. Beginning of Roman rule of Britain.
436Roman withdrawal from Britain complete.
449Settlement of Britain by Germanic invaders begins
450-480Earliest known Old English inscriptions.Old English
1066William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, invades and conquers England.
c1150Earliest surviving manuscripts in Middle English.Middle English
1348English replaces Latin as the language of instruction in most schools.
1362English replaces French as the language of law. English is used in Parliament for the first time.
c1388Chaucer starts writing The Canterbury Tales.
c1400The Great Vowel Shift begins.
1476William Caxton establishes the first English printing press.Early Modern English
1564Shakespeare is born.
1604Table Alphabeticall, the first English dictionary, is published.
1607The first permanent English settlement in the New World (Jamestown) is established.
1616Shakespeare dies.
1623Shakespeare's First Folio is published
1702The first daily English-language newspaper, The Daily Courant, is published in London.
1755Samuel Johnson publishes his English dictionary.
1776Thomas Jefferson writes the American Declaration of Independence.
1782Britain abandons its American colonies.
1828Webster publishes his American English dictionary.Late Modern English
1922The British Broadcasting Corporation is founded.
1928The Oxford English Dictionary is published.

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