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The English language descended from Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and several Celtic languages in the country of England. England had a period of colonialism beginning in the 16th century and lasting through the 20th century. This period spread the English language throughout the world and become a primary language in science, trade, and international politics. (TNG novel: The Captains' Honor)
In use for thousands of years, this language has gone through many changes leading up to the era of the Federation, where 22nd and 23rd century English (also called Anglish) was used as a major influence in the creation of the Federation's Standard Galacta language. (TOS episode: "Metamorphosis")
- Gene Roddenberry mentioned in 1988's "The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation to the Next" that Captain Horatio Hornblower (the basis for James T. Kirk) was the most popular, fictional protagonist in the English language-according to Ernest Hemingway.
- English language article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.
- English language article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.