The Scandinavian heritage of English

D. Gary Miller

in External Influences on English

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654260
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742064 | DOI:
The Scandinavian heritage of English

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The major structural changes in the history of English originated in northeast England and are shared with East Norse. This chapter outlines the evidence for the extent of the different types of contact and discusses specific innovations. Because of the fused Norse‐English, there was a large amount of accommodation‐convergence, or koineization, accompanied by the death of Norse in England. Especially in the realm of morphology and syntax the linguistic influence was mutual. The innovations were shared with especially Old Jutland Danish.

Keywords: northeast England; East Norse; koineizationmorpholgy; syntax; Old Jutland Danish

Chapter.  26919 words. 

Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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