The Evolution of English Language Structure & Use


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Which of the following is NOT a standard form of the English language development?

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1. What was so important about the printing press to the syntax of the English language?

2. What two languages were new and major influences on the development from Old English to Middle English?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet test your understanding of the evolution of English throughout its history. You'll review the major forms of English language development and the major influences on the language over time.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to test your knowledge of:

  • The standard forms of English language development
  • How the printing press impacted the syntax of the English language
  • Languages that contributed to the evolution of the English language
  • Major influences of Early Modern English

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you read about which languages influences the development to Middle English and interpret them correctly
  • Knowledge application - review what you know about the influences on the development of Early Modern English and answer questions about it
  • Information recall - see if you can remember the term that describes why there are different vocabulary words in different regions or groups of people

Additional Learning

If you'd like to review the history of this language deeper, see the lesson, The Evolution of English Language Structure & Use. This lesson offers a clearer explanation of:

  • Why English is considered a 'patchwork' language
  • Which branch of the Indo-European Language Family Tree English is a part of
  • Estimated time English began and who it started with
  • How sentence structure shifted in Middle English
  • What contributed to a boost in vocabulary being added