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What are the four major dialects of Old English?

The four main dialectal forms of Old English were Mercian, Northumbrian, Kentish, and West Saxon. Mercian and Northumbrian are together referred to as Anglian.

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Likewise, what are the characteristics of Old English?

In Old English phonology, the distinctive features are -- the breaking of front vowels most in the cases, before /x/, /w/, /r/ and consonant, /l/; shortening of Vowels when falling immediately before either three consonances or the combination of two consonants and two additional syllables in the word.

One may also ask, what three influences shaped the Old English language? Norse, Celtic and Latin were the three languages which heavily influenced and shaped Old English. Latin's influence on Old English was that the language adopted Latin alphabet.

People also ask, what languages make up Old English?

Old English language. Old English language, also called Anglo-Saxon, language spoken and written in England before 1100; it is the ancestor of Middle English and Modern English. Scholars place Old English in the Anglo-Frisian group of West Germanic languages.

What is meant by Old English?

Definition of Old English. 1a : the language of the English people from the time of the earliest documents in the seventh century to about 1100 — see Indo-European Languages Table. b : English of any period before Modern English.

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