Old English

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  • Old English 400 - 1150
    • English is a Germanic language
      • Developed from the speech of the Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Frisians.
        • They invaded England from Northern Germany and southern Denmark in the 5th century.
          • At this time, England was occupied by Celtic tribes who were driven to the edges of Britain during the invasion.
            • Welsh, Irish Gaelic and Scots Gaelic are all Celtic languages
    • Vikings from Scandinavia began invading towards the end of the 8th century.
      • Their Old Norse language resembled much of the Anglo-Saxon language.
        • Much of its vocabulary was absorbed into Old English.
    • Some words derived from Old English
      • Pronouns: I, You, He, She, We, It, This, That, Those
      • Nouns: Friend, Husband, Anger, Cake, Dirt, Sun
      • Adjectives: Happy, Cold, Black, Bloody, Tight, Ill
      • Verbs: Can, Shall, Get, Give, Want, Call
      • Conjunctions: And, As, But, So, Then
      • Prepositions: Up, Down, In On, To, By
      • Adverbs: While, When, Where
    • Old English words are usually short, direct and forceful.
    • Old English contained several different dialects.
    • No single agreed system of spelling.
    • Used more inflections than modern English.


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