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Which is the historical event that marked the beginning of Middle English?



A. THE NORMAN CONQUEST
B. THE GERMANIC INVASIONS
C. JULIUS CAESAR CONQUESTS ENGLAND
D. THE DISSAPEAR OF THE JUTES
Asked by Bond on Sep 09, 2016

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HISTORY OF ENGLISH SPEAKING SOCIETIES

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Sep 09, 2016

The norman conquest-the norman conquest marked the beginning of what it is known as middle english. in the period included between the years 1066-1075, english becomes the language of the lower classes (peasants and slaves). norman french becomes the language of the court and propertied classes. the legal system is redrawn along norman lines and conducted in french. churches, monasteries gradually filled with french-speaking functionaries, who use french for record-keeping. authors write literature in french, not english. for all practical purposes english is no longer a written language. however, bilingualism becomes more common, especially among those who deal with both upper and lower classes.
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