films from many parts of the English-speaking world. We us our ours ourselves 2nd. Stress in English is phonemic, and some pairs of words are distinguished by stress. While few scholars agree with Chomsky and Halle (1968) that conventional English orthography is "near-optimal there is a rationale for current English spelling patterns. Because Norman was spoken primarily by the elites and nobles, while the lower classes continued speaking Anglo-Saxon, the influence of Norman consisted of introducing a wide range of loanwords related to politics, legislation and prestigious social domains. Basic constituent order English word order has moved from the Germanic verb-second (V2) word order to being almost exclusively subjectverbobject (SVO). "Chapter 2: The Place of English in Germanic and Indo-European". A syllable can start with up to three consonant sounds, as in sprint /sprnt and end with up to four, as in texts /teksts/. Most people learn English for practical rather than ideological reasons.