old english features

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  • Old English 450-1150
    • Invaded by Anglo-Saxons
      • Lang came from the Germanic group of languages, grammatically similar to German / Dutsch
      • Anglo-Saxon survived due to increasing literacy culture
    • Dual pronouns (you,two,us)
      • Orthography: 'hie-heo-they'. 'hiera-heora-theirs'.
        • heo-she
    • Relied on inflections, prefixes and suffixes
      • Provided functional words such as preoposition
        • Letter 'U' didn't exist unti 10th century - V used instead

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