Speaking English

Banting, Erinn
January 2004
England: The Culture;2004, p22
This article provides information on the English language. The Angles, a group that came to England in the 400s from present-day Denmark, introduced the earliest form of the language. Other languages influenced English over time, especially French. People's pronunciation differs depending on where in England they live. Cockney is a dialect of English that developed in London. No one is sure when Cockney originated, although they know it was used among traders, robbers and pirates to communicate secretly. This dialect, which is sometimes called rhyming slang, uses rhymes.


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