Language as a Complex System: Emergence & the History of English English’s unique history as a language, and the way it is currently spoken today is a result of the interaction in the complex system of language. English has changed dramatically since it was first used and all along the way to now. Many words from English are examples of borrowings from French, Old Norse, and Germanic languages. Even now it is changing. If you consider grammar books from grade school, you probably noticed that no one speaks or writes exactly according to those rules.