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The Norman Conquest and Middle English (1100-1500)

Date Submitted: 11/28/2003 20:44:53
Category: / Social Sciences / Language & Speech
Length: 3 pages (690 words)
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…nglish is Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Unlike Old English, Middle English can be read, albeit with difficulty, by modern English-speaking people. By 1362, the linguistic division between the nobility and the commoners was largely over. In that year, the Statute of Pleading was adopted, which made English the language of the courts and it began to be used in Parliament. The Middle English period came to a close around 1500 AD with the rise of Modern English.
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