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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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The French input

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(p.148) 6 The French input
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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/9780199654260.003.0006

French influence on English was largely lexical, but because of the high volume of loanwords the effect on English morphology was extensive. This chapter outlines the historical context in which thousands of words were transferred, the two main dialects from which they came, the death of French in England as seen in records of the London Grocers’ Company, and the suffixes that became productive in Middle and Early Modern English.

Keywords:   loanwords, English morphology, dialects, French, London Grocers' Company, suffixes

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