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Brief History of the English Language

The English language was started around 450 A.D. by invaders who arrived in England from the Germanic region of Saxony.  The Saxons mixed with the Celts who had come to England several hundred years earlier.  After the battle of Hastings (1066 A.D.), invaders from the French region of Normandy influenced the English vocabulary and the English pronunciation.  The great shift in the pronunciation of vowels started at that time.  Also, Greek and Latin have provided many vocabulary words mostly in scientific and legal terminology.

Revised: 1 November 1999
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