History of English Language (ENG 501)
Assignment No. 1
Total Marks: 20
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Q.1 (a) Language began when humans started naming objects, actions and phenomena after a recognizable sound associated with it in real life. The origin of language in the human species has been the topic of scholarly discussions for several centuries. Languages have been taking birth and some of them have been dying.
From the following table, select the languages as being dead or alive, mention the active speakers of the alive languages, and give the reason/s which caused the now dead languages to die. (10 Marks)
|Sr.||Language Names||Dead||Alive||Active Members of Alive Languages||Reason(s) for Cause of Death|
Q.2 All languages are either synthetic or analytical. A synthetic language shows grammatical relationships through inflectional change in the words, whereas an analytical language represents the grammatical relationships through word order. English was once synthetic but over time has become an analytical language.
Keeping this in mind, discuss the use of gender (Masculine, Feminine, Neuter) in analytical languages (modern English) as well as in synthetic languages (like French or Urdu).