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Old English

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Interview with an Anglo-Saxon in Old English

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How far back in time could you go and still understand English?

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Readings in Old and Middle English

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Basic phrases in Old English

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The Sound of the Old English/ Anglo-Saxon Language (A Short Story)

Old English, or Anglo-Saxon, is the earliest historical form of the English language, spoken in England and southern and eastern Scotland in the early Middle Ages. It was brought to Great Britain by Anglo-Saxon settlers probably in the mid-5th century, and the first Old English literary works date from the mid-7th century. After the Norman conquest of 1066, English was replaced, for a time, as the language of the upper classes by Anglo-Norman, a relative of French. This is regarded as marking the end of the Old English era, as during this period the English language was heavily influenced by Anglo-Norman, developing into a phase known now as Middle English.