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Essay sample - Change and Development in the English Language
Pages 2 (502 words)
Thesis Statement: In the development of Old English through period between 449-1100, various socio-historical influences played their role, and factors such as the separation of the land from the Continental influences, conversion of the English to Christianity, the assimilation of the Scandinavian colonizers on the English language, the veritable beehive of scholarly activity in England following its conversion to Christianity in the sixth century etc had pertinent linguistic effects which contributed to the development of Old English.
Topic Sentence 2: The conversion of the English by St Augustine to Christianity in 597 which introduced the influence of Latin on Old English and the linking of the English culture with mainstream Europe through the Synod of Whitby in 664 proved to be salient influence on the development of the Old English.
Topic Sentence 3: The assimilation of the Scandinavian colonizers on the English language had a pertinent influence on the development of Old English as "Old English and Old Norse (the language of the Scandinavians) had a whole host of frequently used words in common..." (Pyles and Algeo, 92)
Topic Sentence 4: The veritable beehive of scholarly activity in England following its conversion to Christianity in the sixth century with the support of famous monasteries at Canterbury, Glastonbury, Wearmouth, Lindisfarne, and York resulted in the golden age of Old English which also helped the rapid growth of the language along with the spread of the culture.
In the development of the Old English, there were several socio-historical elements which influenced the linguistic progress of the language. ...
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