Main Periods of English

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  • Created on: 18-02-19 15:26
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  • Main Periods of English
    • Middle English (1100-1450)
      • Chaucer!
      • 1066 invasion
      • linguistic class divide (French = upper class)
      • French words in law + medicine
      • 14th century = English dominant again
    • Early Modern English (1450-1700)
      • initially no standardisation
      • linguistic chaos + inkhorn terms
      • Caxton, 1476, printing press
        • standardisation
      • East Midlands + London dialects impacted standardisation
      • Great Vowel Shift
    • 18th century English (1700-1800)
      • grammar books + dictionaries
      • prescriptivism
      • colonisation
        • English as a Lingua Franca
    • Modern English (1800-Present)
      • increased informalisation
      • descriptivism
      • growth of technology
      • rise of global variants
    • Old English (450-1100)
      • influenced by Anglo Saxon
      • possibly influenced by Celtic language
      • Norse settlers arrived from the 9th century

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