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Language change timeline
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Earliest reported use of Old English from Anglo-saxons
Use of Old English as a language ends 1000-1150
Earliest recorded beginning of the great vowel shift
End of the great vowel shift
Beginning of Early-modern English
Creation if the Old English story 'Beowulf'
First recorded conversation using Old English. Conversation is about a student and a teacher learning Latin.
Norman conquest of England brings societal changes on the views of Old English; resulting in Old English seeing less use and Middle English taking its place in 1100-1150, which makes greater use of French lexis.
Invention of the printing press - leads to the eventual standardisation of the English language
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