The main root of modern English is old English, which is a Germanic tongue. The other major influences are Latin (for vocabulary rather than syntax or grammar), Norman French and to a lesser extent Old Norse. There's hardly any Greek outside of medical terms, although there`s an indirect connection through Latin.
To claim that English owes its structure and consistency to Greek is, well, I`ll be polite and say "implausible".
Some of the mutability of English stems from its role as an international language - when a language is widely used as a common second language, it`s not surprising if it`s affected by the primary languages.
Which makes me curious about Greek, which was an international language in antiquity. Does anyone know if it was altered by being the common second language in a large part of the ancient world?
Monday, August 26, 2013 9:02:23 AM
The problem with English is distiguishable very early on in the video. 'Anglophones` Anybody know what that means? Funny that a language like English needs to use Greek to describe its speakers. All western tongues are basically legacy systems (actually almost all languages globaly), in Greek we call them historical as opposed to Greek, which is logical. In Greek, all words, spellings, usages are modularly constructed from small root word-meanings that dont change over time and knowing etymology and these roots means all litterate Greeks can deduce correct usage, meaning, and spelling at all times. Also, there is more than one correct way to say something, its flexible and endlessly rich. Its just a question of being litterate or not and having the vocabulary. English on the other hand... a hodgepodge of randomly mutating meanings, spellings, usages, poetic license etc. Your lucky there some Greek in there to add some structure. Your welcome, no royalties required.
Monday, August 26, 2013 5:17:32 AM
I can forgive ignorance more readily than apathy, but willful ignorance, even prideful ignorance, must not be tolerated. Ignorance is an unfortunate condition easily corrected. Correcting apathy would require a change in one's character. Prideful ignorance is stubborn stupidity.