The English Language 1050-1250 was originally written in 1994 by Tess Davies and revised several times during years since to accommodate changes in grammatical understanding and empirical evidence.
Within this rare study, the gradual development of the English Language from 1050 A.D is scrutinised and crucial linguistic and sociolinguistic changes are explained as far as 1250 A.d. Particular attention is paid with application to the spelling, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammatical inflection. Crucially, whilst developments in vocabulary and spelling were occurring, pronunciation took a transformation and grammar experienced considerable loss of inflection. Due to extensive detail regarded in change of grammatical inflection from one period to the next, each area covered within the chapters of this book can only scratch the surface of a complex and multi-layered transformation.
Within each section, we look at social and political occurrences which assisted the intrinsic development of the language we know today; in particular through the effects of the Norman Conquest 1066.
Throughout this observation, The Peterborough Chronicle remains a constant theme of reference. The remaining annuls still to this day remain particularly useful for evidence in illustrating the changes discussed between late Old and Early Middle English.
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