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Why did English change from Old English to Middle English?

4 Answers. There was no single Anglo-Saxon Language before the Norman Invasion. By the time English began to become the language of all classes in the middle ages, the influence of Norman-French had made a considerable difference to both the grammar and vocabulary of the previous largely Germanic language.

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Just so, why Old English changed to Middle English?

Old English also reflected the varied origins of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms established in different parts of Britain. The Anglian dialects had a greater influence on Middle English. After the Norman conquest in 1066, Old English was replaced, for a time, by Anglo-Norman as the language of the upper classes.

One may also ask, what was the most important factor in the change from Old English to Middle English? Two main factors: The Norman invasion and political unification. The Norman invasion introduced a great many French loanwords, some 40% of English vocabulary by Chaucer's time.

Subsequently, one may also ask, when did Old English become Middle English?

Middle English (abbreviated to ME) was a form of the English language spoken after the Norman conquest (1066) until the late 15th century. English underwent distinct variations and developments following the Old English period.

How did Middle English change to modern English?

A major factor separating Middle English from Modern English is known as the Great Vowel Shift, a radical change in pronunciation during the 15th, 16th and 17th Century, as a result of which long vowel sounds began to be made higher and further forward in the mouth (short vowel sounds were largely unchanged).

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