The purpose of Anglish is: English with many fewer words borrowed from other tongues. Because of the fundamental modifications to our language, to say that English folks at the moment speak Fashionable English is like saying that the French speak Latin. The fact is that we now speak a world language. The Anglish project is intended as a means of recovering the Englishness of English and of restoring ownership of the language to the English people.
The goal of the Anglish project differs from person to person, but principally it is to explore and experiment with the English language. This exploration is pushed for some by aesthetics, for the ethnic English by cultural needs, and but for others it is solely an interesting diversion or pastime. Language performs a big role in our lives, so to be able to play with that language, and shape it to our own needs or needs is very important. For this reason, writing or talking in true English is a positive end in itself, in as a lot as it provides an other outlet for this need.
But there's additionally the further idea that Anglish is a recognition and a celebration of the English part of recent English. For, though it has borrowed 1000's and hundreds of words all through its life, there still exists a true English core to English, the most important on a regular basis words which no sentence or uttering may manage without. By stripping away the layers of borrowings, Anglish lets us better recognize that core and the function it plays in our language.
The most effective way to find out where a word comes from is to look it up in a dictionary. Most respectable desktop dictionaries will embody brief etymologies for a lot of of their entries, which give a little knowledge of where the word arose from, and how it was used or written within the past. Some on-line dictionaries have this knowledge as well, such because the Oxford English Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com and Wiktionary. There are also dictionaries dedicated to word etymologies, which are a goldmine for knowledge about English words. The Online Etymology Dictionary is maybe the perfect available online.
However these will only tell from the place and when a word came into English, however not whether or not it should be thought 'borrowed'. Some immensely old and very fundamental words, comparable to 'cup' and 'mill', are indeed borrowed from Latin, yet nobody would say these words are usually not English. Conversely, words like 'thaumaturgy' and 'intelligentsia' are clearly not of English origin, and have been borrowed comparatively lately.
The place to draw the line between English and 'borrowed' is but an different area of personal choosing, and there are many views on this among Anglish proponents. A very broad rule says that anything borrowed from French, Latin and Greek in the final eight hundred years needs to be thought borrowed. A more discerning view would say that any word which was brought into English to fill a real want or hole in vocabulary ought to be kept, however these words borrowed to "adorn" or "enrich" the language but in reality push out current words, needs to be weeded.
Are there truly that many borrowed words in English?
Yes. English is renowned for having borrowed so many words from completely different languages over the last thousand years. The core of English is Germanic, but only about 25% of the words in English right now derive from such a root, and that includes those of Norse, Dutch, German and others, as well as English. That will sound like many, one in every 4 words, however not a lot when one thinks that Latin and French every account for 29% of the English vocabulary. Greek yields an other 6% of words, with the last 10% being from different languages, derived from personal names, or simply unknown.
Nevertheless, as talked about earlier, the core of the English language still mostly consists of English words, which makes an undertaking like Anglish possible.
When a word is taken out from English, where do replacement words come from?
There are numerous roots for words to switch those which have been removed from English. Sometimes, a word which is removed will have a commonly known English synonym already present. Words like 'quotidian' and 'illegal' can simply be switched for 'on a regular basis' and 'unlawful' without shedding which means or intelligibility. When there may be not a readily available English word to be used, a new word must be discovered or made. Some old or obscure words might be introduced back to life and reused; new words could be calqued from English morphemes utilizing the old word's sample; different times wholly new words, "neologisms," will be put together from present words and affixes. None of these methods are right or wrong, but every has its stead in making a wide and varied lexicon for Anglish, and each is used in line with the context and particular wants of a word.
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