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The Growth of the Eng.lang (Mep)

The Growth of the Eng.lang (Mep)

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Middle English Period
Middle English Period

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Published by: SweynTimothea on Mar 27, 2010
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THE GROWTH OF THE ENGLISHLANGUAGE
The
Middle
English Period
History of English Language and Literature
 
MIDDLE ENGLISH (1066-1485)
Norman Conquest (1066) in England, there were 3 languagesOld English= The conquered English (The Ballads)French= The Norman overlords (long tales of chivalry)Latin= Churchmen (church doctrines, philosophy)The common people developed a common tongue
Hybrid language(Old English + French + Latin)The rise of many dialects.Final silent (e) pronounced as a separated syllable.The influence of French.
 
Early Period
Situation in the 11
th
centuryFrench became the standard language of courts, parliament, andpolite society.Its language & literature mixed with the natives that called Anglo-Norman (the Norman French dialect of the upper classes).Norman Conquest brought French literature (romance or wonderfultales of love and adventure, bright and full of impossibilities, chivalry)contrast to the English literature (heavy, somber, and gloomy (tragictheme)
 
most medieval ballads).Situation in the 12
th
 14
th
centuryThe changing of grammar (Nouns, Verbs, Pronouns)The wealthy and the government slowly anglicized again

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