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English - How is it an expressive language? Watch

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    I've heard that the English language is very expressive, but I don't know how. Is it expressive in the terms of emotions, actions or description? I'm a native English speaker myself but I don't see how it's expressive.

    Can I hear your opinions?

    Well, I think English is quite an expressive language especially when singing. It's obviously closely linked to German, but what defines it is the dark vowels that are used - Italian/Spanish etc to an extent have a very bright, almost lighter tone quality - English people don't 'use' their mouths so much compared to European languages, and so our words - think 'barn,' 'door,' etc - really have that darkness of tone quality.

    English is expressive because its origins mean that our vocabulary is extremely wide. We've been invaded by saxons, celts, romans, vikings, normans (and more), and have adopted word variations from them all. That means there are many words that mean the same thing or have subtly different meanings, so we have such a lot to choose from. Bill Bryson wrote an engaging book on it if you're interested.
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