When William Shakespeare began writing his plays, the English language was rapidly absorbing words from other languages due to wars, exploration, diplomacy and colonization. By the age of Elizabeth, English had become widely used with the expansion of philosophy, theology and physical sciences, but many writers lacked the vocabulary to express such ideas. To accommodate this, writers such as Edmund SpenserSir Philip SidneyChristopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare expressed new ideas and distinctions by inventing, borrowing or adopting a word or a phrase from another language, known as neologizing . Scholars estimate that, between the years andnouns, verbs and modifiers of Latin, Greek and modern Romance languages added 30, new words to the English language.
Prior to and during Shakespeare's time, the grammar and rules of English were not standardized. Pre-Shakespearian English Edit Template: Cleanup Shakespeare wrote under the influence of writers such as ChaucerSpenser and Sidney.
It is also important to note the setting of Shakespeare's language. Inthe Germanic tribes - the AnglesSaxons and Jutes had moved to Britain to side with the Celts in order to help them defeat their northern neighbors. After their victory, however, the Germanic tribes gradually pushed the Celts into what became Wales and Cornwall.
Anglo-Saxon survived despite the Norman invasion ofwhich introduced French to England and strengthened Latin's existing power. These events marked the beginning of the Middle English period. Aroundbilingualism developed amongst "Norman officials, supervisors, [and] bilingual children [resulting from] French and English marriages".
King John 's death indicated the end of Norman rule. The increase in the use of English resulted in the "smoothing out of dialectal differences [and] beginning of standard English based on London dialect".
It was not untilhowever, that English was recognized as the official language of England. Otherwise, given the relative lack of written records, "the innovation of the language was uncertain". Wiktionary category Among Shakespeare's greatest contributions to the English language must be the introduction of new vocabulary and phrases which have enriched the language making it more colorful and expressive.
Some estimates at the number of words coined by Shakespeare number in the several thousands. However Warren King clarifies by saying that, "In all of his work — the plays, the sonnets and the narrative poems — Shakespeare uses 17, words: Of those, 1, were first used by Shakespeare.
These include, but are not limited to; "seen better days, strange bedfellows, chav, a sorry sight,"  and "full circle" .
Shakespeare's effect on vocabulary is rather astounding when considering how much language has changed since his lifetime. Shakespeare helped to further develop style and structure to an otherwise loose, spontaneous language. The Elizabethan era language was written the same way it was spoken.
The naturalness gave force and freedom since there was no formalized prescriptive grammar binding the expression. While lack of prescribed grammatical rules introduced vagueness in literature, it also expressed feelings with profound vividness and emotion which created, "freedom of expression" and "vividness of presentment".
Shakespeare's gift involved using the exuberance of the language and decasyllabic structure in prose and poetry of his plays to reach the masses and the result was "a constant two way exchange between learned and the popular, together producing the unique combination of racy tang and the majestic stateliness that informs the language of Shakespeare".
Gradually his language followed the "natural process of artistic growth, to find its adequate projection in dramatic form". The dialogues in his plays were written in verse form and followed a decasyllabic rule.
Citation needed In Titus Andronicus, decasyllables have been used throughout. His work is still experimental in Titus Andronicus. However, in Love's Labour's Lost and The Comedy of Errorsthere is "perfect metre-abundance of rime [rhyme], plenty of prose, arrangement in stanza".
After these two comedies, he kept experimenting until he reached a maturity of style.Shakespeare's influence extends from theatre and literature to present-day movies, Western philosophy, and the English language itself.
William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the history of the English language, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.
William Shakespeare used cleverly fashioned insults in his plays to amuse his audiences.
He wrote insults that everyone could enjoy, and he used a large range of insults, some of which were vulgar, comical, cruel, or simply heinously descriptive.
Bell’s Shakespeare from , the first collection of Shakespeare’s plays as they were performed on the English stage, contained only 2/3 of the original material. 6. Why Study Shakespeare? The Reasons Behind Shakespeare's Influence and Popularity. Ben Jonson anticipated Shakespeare's dazzling future when he declared, "He was not of an age, but for all time!" in the preface to the First Folio.
While most people know that Shakespeare is, in fact, the most popular dramatist and poet the Western world has ever produced, students new to his work often wonder why . William Shakespeare’s contributions to English literature is indispensable.
He contributed significantly to the growth of English vocabulary and phrases which have enriched the language making it more colorful and expressive. The Characters of Shakespeare: A Visual Analysis; Shakespeare’s Influence on Other Artists; Shakespeare’s plays were also a formative force in American theater.
Despite still being in its infancy in the early 19th century, the country’s theater productions were predominately of plays written by the Bard.