Modern English

stage of the English language from the contemporary period

Modern English (ME) or New English (NE)[2] is the type of English language spoken since the end of the 17th century after the Great Vowel Shift had completed. It evolved from Early Modern English, spoken mostly by the British people very long ago. With some differences in vocabulary, early important texts include Shakespeare’s works and the King James Bible were in Modern English.

Modern English
New English
RegionEnglish-speaking world
EraLate 17th century AD – present[1]
Early forms
Latin script (English alphabet)
English Braille, Unified English Braille
Language codes
ISO 639-1en
ISO 639-2eng
ISO 639-3eng

Because of colonization, English was used in many parts of the world by the British Empire, such as North America, the Indian subcontinent, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Modern English has many dialects spoken in many countries also known as the “English-speaking world”. These dialects are American, Australian, British (Anglo-English, Scottish English and Welsh English), Canadian, Caribbean, Irish English, Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani, Nigerian, New Zealand, Philippine, Singaporean, South African English and many more.

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References change

  1. Terttu Nevalainen: An Introduction to Early Modern English, Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 1
  2. Sihler, Andrew L. (2000). Language history: an introduction. Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science Series 4, Current issues in linguistic theory. Vol. 191. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Amsterdam: Benjamins. p. 16. ISBN 978-90-272-3698-2.