Thursday, January 01, 2009

From French to English

Righting the Mother Tongue
David Wolman

Linguistic mixing

In the centuries following the Norman conquest of England in 1066, England was essentially trilingual, with other dialects sprinkled around the countryside, David Wolman writes in Righting the Mother Tongue. French was the language of government, law, military, and all things upper crust. Latin was the language of the Church. And English was the language of the farm, street, and tavern, he explains.


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