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As you trace the development of spoken and written English, you'll learn how words denote social rank, how and why dialects arise and interact, and how the Anglo-Saxons, the Norman invasion, and British colonialism each left their marks on the words we use every day.
You'll learn, too, why spelling meant so much to Renaissance schoolmasters, and how Noah Webster, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, H. L. Mencken, and others helped to give us our familiar American English.
In conclusion, studying the history of the English language is useful for everyone because it helps us understand the present. With this knowledge, people can find the history of English embedded in the words they use, the literature they read, and the everyday lives they lead. They will learn about the past, but also see the making of their own present.
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