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English Evolution (From English to Singlish?)


The English Language is a mixture of tongues. It retains some traces of Celtic, but also contains some words from old German, Latin and Old Norse. In addition English also contains a lot of French words.

Does English still borrow words from other languages?


Today English borrows words from other languages with a truly global reach. Some examples that the Oxford English Dictionary suggests entered English during the past 30 years include tarka dal, a creamy Indian lentil dish (1984, from Hindi), quinzhee, a type of snow shelter (1984, from Slave or another language of the Pacific Coast of North America), popiah, a type of Singaporean or Malaysian spring roll (1986, from Malay)



Is Singlish the next step in language evolution?

Singlish consists of words originating from English, Malay, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, and Tamil. It also borrows freely the grammatical structures and spoken accents of these languages.

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