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Toevs, Elise Assignment 1
4 months ago
Celts and early Anglo-Saxons have a runic alphabet.
Literacy is brought to the Anglo-Saxons.
Continental Europe invasions greatly influence the formation of English.
First known English sentence.
Roman alphabet is introduced.
Domestic Latin words began to influence the language.
First wave of scholars and writers.
Northumbrian culture and language dominate England.
The Anglo-Saxon consonant cluster "sk" changed to "sh".
Old English was extremely flexible and had simpler sound-letter correspondence.
Old English pronunctiation begins to change.
Most Anglo-Saxon words die out.
Alfred the Great takes the thrown.
Alfred the Great's death.
Western Saxon dialect Wessex becomes standard English of the day.
Transition from Old English to Middle English.
Danelaw is established. The Danish greatly influence the English language.
The English adopt grammatical forms from various influences.
Henry IV rules; the first ruler in 300 years to speak English.
Norman French makes a lasting impact on English
Francien and Anglo-Norman influenced vocabulary.
"Sumer is icumen in." Oldest known English song.
Use of Latin derived words increases.
French words continue to increase in use and influence.
Scottish influences spelling, vocabulary, and accent.
Standard English begins to emerge.
Oxford and Cambridge are founded; increasing literacy.
Ormulum is written in attempt to correct the mispronunciation of English.
Transition from Middle English to Modern English.
Formal and Informal introduced.
English had become the language of instruction in schools.
Black Death 1349-1350
The Hundred Year War against France 1337 - 1453
The Statute of Pleading
Birth of English Literature
Old English becomes incomprehension.
Invention of Printing Press.
First reliable dictionary.
“Proposal for Correcting, Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue”
Academic writing increases.
Dialects began to be considered inferior.
British English evolves.
Immigration and slavery influences.
Pushing the boundaries of language.
The Great Vowel Shift
Simplification of English
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