Language Change

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Old English – 400 – 1150

  • Anglo-Saxon and Norse
  • Interchangeable letters left over from Old English – (y + i) (u + v) (long f + s)
  • Norman Invasion 1066 – French added to Old English

Middle English – 1150 – 1450

  • Old English with French added
  • Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Early Modern English – 1450 – 1700

Printing Press – William Caxton – 1476 – standardisation, punctuation, extra letters on end for money and justified lines as well as pronunciation before G.V.S

Great Vowel Shift – 1400 – 1600 (15th to 17th Century)

  • Latinate added after renaissance - 14th to 17th Century
  • Shakespeare

Late Modern English – 1700 – Present

  • Dictionary – Dr Samuel Johnson – 1755 – standardisation of spelling and literacy
  • Education – compulsory in 1870
  • National Curriculum - 1984

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