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The English language (English language or English, pronounced /ˈɪŋɡlɪʃ/) is a Western Germanic language that emerged in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread to the North in what would become the south-east of Scotland, under the influence of the Kingdom of Northumbria.
English is the third most widespread native language in the world, after Mandarin and Spanish. It is the most learned language and is the official language or one of the official languages in almost 60 sovereign states.
Due to the political, economic, military, scientific and cultural influence of Britain and the United Kingdom since the 18th century, through the British Empire and the United States of America since the mid-20th century, English has spread widely around the world and is the main language of international discourse and the French language in many regions.89 Similarly , is generally used as a frank language among speakers of different languages in most countries of the world.89 It is also taught as a second language in many educational systems, which over time has provided a status of cultural superiority to their non-native speakers, because of the influence of Anglo-Saxon countries in the world.
The English language is the official language of many Commonwealth countries, is widely studied as a second language and is one of the official languages of the European Union and numerous global organizations.
Historically, modern English originated from the evolution of various Germanic dialects, now collectively called Anglo-Saxon, which were brought to the eastern coast of Britain by Germanic colonizers, the Anglo-Saxons, around the 5th century A.C. The Word English derives from the term 'nglisc applied to the Anglos.10 The English language was later influenced by the Old Norse due to Viking invasions in Britain in the 8th and 9th centuries. By contrast, most English words derive from Latin roots, as this was the frank language of Christianity and European intellectual life for centuries.11 Moreover, the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century resulted in significant language loans of the Norman language (from Latin root), and vocabulary and spelling conventions began to give it a superficial appearance of proximity to Romance languages ,1213 to what by then had become middle English. The great vocasic displacement that began in the south of England in the 15th century is one of the historical facts that characterize the emergence of modern English from middle English.
Due to the important incorporation of words from various European languages throughout history, modern English contains a very broad vocabulary. The Oxford English Dictionary contains more than 250,000 different words, not including many technical, scientific and jargon terms.