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Worlds adopted from Greek and Latin since the Renaissance have greatly enriched English...
Worlds adopted from Greek and Latin since the Renaissance have greatly enriched English vocabulary and especially increased the number of its [cont]
synonyms,but this influence from the classical languages may be regarded as something between a help and a hindrance comment?
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I'm assuming the question here is: Has the Greek and Latin influence on English been more of a help or a hindrance?
The fact that English stems largely from Greek and Latin roots cannot be looked at as a "hindrance" to our language. That, to me, is like saying, "The fact that I have German ancestors has been a hindrance to my existence." I think you need to look at this from a historical perspective - much of English vocabulary stems from two languages that came before it. These two languages have provided us with more words to express ourselves - that is a help to me.
Now, if you are looking at learning English as a second language, then certainly more vocabulary makes learning the language harder. But for those of us who are in the business of using a language to its fullest potential as a means of expression, I say, give me more words to choose from!
One other comment on the hindrance side would be this: Latin is no longer spoken - anywhere. Again, I can see where this might make learning our language more difficult.
Posted by clairewait on June 20, 2010 at 8:49 PM (Answer #1)
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