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External Influences on EnglishFrom its Beginnings to the Renaissance$
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D. Gary Miller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654260.001.0001

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English: The early period

English: The early period

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(p.41) 3 English: The early period
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External Influences on English
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D. Gary Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654260.003.0003

This chapter is about the early years of English and influences on British soil. The dominant force was Christianity and the loanwords that accompanied it. There was also considerable Latin influence as a result of translations and educational programs. Monastic schools created impetus for standardization of the emerging English language. Several attempts at a late West Saxon koine failed in part because external influences augmented the regional differences.

Keywords:   Anglo‐Saxons, Celts, Christianization, Latin, loanwords, standardization

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