English is a West Germanic language originating from the Anglo-Frisian dialects brought to Britain by the invading Germans from various parts of what isnow northwestern Germany and northern Netherlands. Initially, Old English was a group of several dialects, which reflajaba the varied origins of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England. One of thesedialects, Late West Saxon, at one point came to dominate. The original Old English language was then influenced by two waves of invaders: the first was of speakers of the Scandinavian branch of theGermanic languages, they conquered and colonized parts of Britain in the eighth and ninth centuries, the second was the Normans in the century XI, who spoke Old Norman and developed a variety of Englishknown as Anglo-Norman. These two invasions caused English to be mixed to some extent.
Cohatitation with the Scandinavians resulted in a significant grammatical simplification and lexical enrichmentanglofrisio core of English, the later norman occupation led to a grafting of a more elaborate layer of words from the Romance languages (derived from Latin). This Norman influence on English haspenetrated through the courts and government. Thus the English language was evolving into a loan with great flexibility, with a great variety, vast and varied vocabulary.
The culture of theUnited Kingdom, also called "British culture" can be described as the legacy of the history of a developed island country, a great power and as a result of the political union of four countries, eachretaining their distinctive traditions, customs and symbolism. As a result of the dominance of the British Empire, the influence of British culture can be seen in the language, traditions, customs andlegal systems of many of its former colonies such as Canada, Australia, India and the United States.
Art and culture have historically been influenced by Western ideology. Since the expansion of...