Thayer Watkins
Silicon Valley
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Old English:
The Language of the Anglo-Saxons

Significant Dates and Periods in the History of the Anglo-Saxons

Germanic Invader/Immigrants to Britain

The German invasion of Great Britain started about 400 A.D. They brought with them a western branch of the Germanic language family. The nature of this early version of English can be heard in the Friesian language. Friesisan was close to the languages of the Angles and Saxon at the time of the invasion. In particular, the definite article the can still be heard in Friesian speech. But Friesian underwent much less change than did the language of the invaders and now sounds much more Germanic than modern English.

(To be continued.)

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