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VCE English Language Unit 2 Outcome 1 Assessment Task The origins of the English language can be traced back as far as 5th Century AD by Germanic tribes from across the Channel They were followed by the Vikings from the late 8th Century and once the Vikings had been assimilated into the Old English the French-Normans arrived in the historically famous battle of Hastings in 1066 More development follows with advancing of technology and standardization of text encouraged by the arrival of the printing press to England by William Caxton Old English belongs to the West Germanic family brought to England ca 5th Century AD by three Germanic tribes - the Saxons the Angles and the Jutes - from across the Channel displacing the Celtic peoples settled prior to the Germanic migrants pushing back the Celtic tongue to Wales Cornwall and Scotland The tribes each of different numbers dialects and arriving at different times were first invited over to shore up the ruins from the departed Roman Empire Mr Bragg comments stayed to share the spoils and then dug in pg 1 line 9 During the next few centuries four main English dialects dominated in different parts of Britain - Northumbrian Northumbria Mercian Kingdom of Mercia West Saxon Kingdom of Wessex and Kentish Kent But though Northumbrias culture proved to be the leader in culture and language dominancy the Viking invasion ca 8th Century AD brought Northumbrias dominancy to an end as well as the destruction of Mercia Only Wessex survived as a kingdom separate to the Viking rule - brought about the Great who managed to defend and keep Wessex from becoming a part of Viking England now Danelaw Old English had five grammatical cases - dative genitive accusative nominative and instrumental - and allocated gender feminine masculine neuter to all nouns including inanimate objects The Vikings greatly enhanced the English language giving two words that originally described the same thing but have other
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