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  1. English is a West Germanic language in the Indo-European language family, whose speakers, called Anglophones, originated in early medieval England. [4] [5] [6] The namesake of the language is the Angles, one of the ancient Germanic peoples that migrated to the island of Great Britain.

  2. Jun 1, 2024 · English language is a West Germanic language that originated in England and spread to many parts of the world. It is the dominant language of several countries and the most widely used lingua franca. Learn about its history, development, characteristics, and varieties from Britannica, the online encyclopedia that covers a wide range of topics and personalities.

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