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Anglo-Saxons and Their Languages

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FC: The Anglo-Saxons and The Formation of Their Old English Language By:Mia Benard

1: Old English was the Anglo-Saxon Language.Many different languages took part in forming the language of Old English;including German,Latin,Norse and Celtic. Old English was a West Germanic language ,and it was spoken between the 5th and 11th centuries,in the area that is currently known as England, today.Old English was sometimes written with a version of Runic alphabet,brought to Britain by the Anglo-Saxons,up until the 11th century.

2: Old English was used for more than 700 years.From the time of the Anglo-Saxins migrations that created England in the 5th century,to a little after the Norman quest of 1066.After that,the language dramatically changed.Old English later begin to come in contact with other languages,which became apart of it.Such as the Celtic language and the two dialects of Old Norse from the invading vikings. | Anglo-Saxon Crafts.

3: The most notable driving forces in the formation of Old English;however was German,and it's Germanic heritage in Old English's vocabulary.

4: Anglo-Saxons Helmet | Latin also had a major influence on the language of the Anglo-Saxons.There were three notable periods of Latin influence.The first instance occurred before the ancestral Saxons left continental Europe for Britain

5: The second Latin influence occurred once the Anglo-Saxons were converted to Christianity and Latin speaking priests had become wide spread.But the third and largest transfer of Latin based vocabulary into Old English,was after the Norman Conquest of 1066.After this a large portion of Norman language was brought to Old English.The Norman Conquest marked the end of Old English.Once the Old English transitioned away from the runic alphabet,toward the Latin alphabet.When contributed to the extirpation of the original language.

6: Norse had the second major influence on the Anglo-Saxon language.Scandinavian was introduced during the Viking invasion in the 9th and 10th centuries.The Vikings spoke old Norse which is very similar to Old English,and has the same origin.

7: There is a theory that states that the mixture of Old English and Old Norse,is what helped to accelerate the decline of case endings in Old English.

8: The last influence was the Celtic one.The influence of the Celtic language on Old English,is thought to be minimal.That's because Old English borrowed more Scandinavian and Latin words than Celtic.Overall those are the languages that impacted and influenced the Anglo-Saxons language and made Old English what it is known as a made of today.

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