TED-Ed Lesson Explores the Origins of the English Language

By Maryann Yin 

Have you ever wondered how the English language came to be? The animated video embedded above features a five-minute lesson that explores “the origins of English.” Claire Bowern, a linguistics professor at Yale University, served as the educator for this lesson.

One of the literary works that was referenced in this lesson is Beowulf. Click here to download a free eBook edition of the Old English epic poem. Over at the TED-Ed website, viewers can access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources.