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The Germanic language spoken in England which takes its name from the Angles (who first committed their dialect to writing) and was extended to refer to all the dialects of the vernacular, Saxon and Jutish too. Old English (formerly Anglo‐Saxon) is the English language of the period ending soon after the Norman Conquest (c. 1100–50); Middle English is used to describe the language from then to about 1500; Modern English, founded on the dialect of the East Midlands in Middle English, extends from 1500 to the present day.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.


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