A New Take on Old English with “The Wake: A Novel”

As a devotee of language, I am also a fan of history.  Language and its change are a result of what happens in history; when cultures meet, trade, meld, or dominate... there is linguistic change.  For the English language, the single most transformative period followed the Norman Conquest of 1066.  We do have writings from … Continue reading A New Take on Old English with “The Wake: A Novel”

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Old English – Introduction and the Shift from G to Y

Old English, as we know it today, is the original Germanic language [group] spoken by the Angles, Saxon, and Jutes that migrated to the isle of Great Britain from around the 5th century to the 11th century leading up and through the Norman Invasion of 1066.  It is a language that is virtually unrecognizable compared to contemporary … Continue reading Old English – Introduction and the Shift from G to Y