English language history

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by DmitriyKucher
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English language history

English Language History

Here you have an opportunity of observing the most important moments in the development of the English language (Prehistoric Times - 15-th century)

Germanic peoples (Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Frisians) speaking West Germanic dialects settle most of Britain.

The Romans invade Britain, beginning 400 years of control over much of the island.

A.D.43

Approximate date of the earliest manuscript records of Old English.

The Norman Invasion: William of Normandy is crowned King of England. Over succeeding decades, Norman French becomes the language of the courts and of the upper classes.

William Caxton brings to Westminster (from the Rhineland) the first printing press and publishes Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Literacy rates increase significantly, and printers begin to standardize English spelling.

5th-6th centuries

History

700

1066

Late 15th century


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