The Development of the English Language Between 500 BC and Chaucer's Time

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The English language has many words which originate from different languages. Numerous words in our 'Modern English' are from foreign languages that are from countries that previously invaded England. Our language has been changing throughout the ages and 'Modern English' is the finished product. There are still 'slang' words developing, and many people are becoming more inclined to speak 'slang'. In 500 B.C the Celts invaded England. Their language (Celtic) has influenced Scottish, Gaelic and Irish. In 449 A.D Teutonic tribes forced the majority of the Celts out of England into Wales and Cornwall. Julius Caesar and his strong Roman army invaded England in 55 B.C. He was unsuccessful at taking over the country or the language. However Emperor Claudius and his Roman army invaded and conquered England in 43 A.D. Their language was called Latin. Latin never really took off and ordinary people did not speak Latin. The Romans stayed in power for almost 400 years. In 449 A.D Teutonic tribes from Scandinavia and Northern Germany started to invade England. The tribes which invaded were the Saxons, the Angles, the Jutes and the Frisians. Nearly all the Roman towns were destroyed. The Angles and the Saxons united together to form several kingdoms. The language they created was Anglo-Saxon or Old English. It was closely related to Old High German, Frisian, and Scandinavian. By the end of the 6th century the Anglo-Saxons came to be called the 'Angles' or the 'Engles'. Old English was 'Englisc' and England was called 'Engaland'. 'Engaland' and 'Englisc' eventually formed into England and English. Anglo Saxon English twa two siex or syx six Solmonath February hundred hundred fif hundred þreo ond twentig five hundred and twenty-three hwær where hlaf bread (loaf) cese cheese scyld shield reod red geolu yellow Geola

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