Origins of English


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THE DEVELOPMENT  OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

 

It is possible to distinguish three main periods, known as Old English, Middle English and Modern English.

 

 

OLD ENGLISH

 

Old English or Anglo- Saxon (449-1100) derived from the gradual fusion of the languages spoken by the Saxons and the Angles.

 

 

 

MIDDLE ENGLISH

 

Middle English (1100-1500); at first, there was great linguistic confusion.

Middle English finally emerged as a literary language with Chaucer

 

 

 

MODERN ENGLISH

Modern English (1500 to the present)

 

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