The History of the English Language

By gunn302
  • 450

    Old English

    Old English lasted from 450-1100 AD
    What is Old English? Well Old English is Germanic tribeshad spoken the same language, and by doing so Britain deveeloped it into a language which is refered to as Old English now.
  • 597

    St. Augustine

    St. Augustine had made the first archbishopric at the Canterbury, by doing such he began the intro towards writing as we know it.
  • Sep 26, 793


    Vikings had started to invade parts of England, and as scuh the started to influence the language as a whole.
  • Sep 26, 975

    Beowulf's writing

    The estimated date of the Browulf poew was about 975-1025. What the poem speaks about is a hero that comes to save a kingdom, in which the mead hall had been under attack by a monster so Beowulf slays it. Then Another monster attacks, and he then slays that one as well. Finally he defeats a dragon, but is wounded, and dies.
  • Sep 26, 1066

    Invasion of Normandy

    Normandy invaded Britain, and took Britiain from being a English speaking country to a French speaking country. When Britain started going from a heavily influenced French speaking country, to English again many words where adopted to ensure understanding between persons.
  • Sep 26, 1100

    End of Old English Start of Middle English

    Old English had been used for a long time, but it had began to be replaced by Middle English. Middle English was used from 1100-1500. The poet Chaucer had used it to wrote his poems with this language. Chaucer's first name was Geoffrey, and he had a nick name of Father of the English literature.
  • Sep 26, 1342

    The Canterbury Tales

    Geoffrey Chaucer as previously talked about wrote the canterbury Tales which were stories that had been compiled between 1387 all the way to 1400. What the story was about is a group of people travel to Canterbury a place in England. It is interesting because he makes it so its a group of people from all differnt points of society at the time, and as such they share differnt stories that they have been through as they try to get to Canterbury.
  • Sep 26, 1362

    English the official language

    In 1362 English was made the official language of England, and as such the parliament opens its first speech as English.
  • Sep 26, 1492

    History of the Americas

    The history of the Americas is speaking about how people began to migrate the worlds from Asia during an Ice Age. They were seperated from everyone else or so it is thought, up until Christopher columbus made his journeys.
  • Sep 26, 1500

    End of Middle English, and begginging of Early Modern English

    This is when the Middle English began to die off, and started to get replaced by Early Modern English. This is when the invention of the printing press had started. With the printing press the language became more stable, and as such it was starting to become easier to manage. With ith there was more books being printed, and just as more people began reading so a higher level of education. In 1604 the very first English dictionary was printed.
  • Shakespear's First Folio

    Published in 1623 Shakespeare had produced 36 plays in which were produced by the book. He had already done 18 of the plays already, and had two plays "lost", although it had been the only reliable text for a whole 20 of his plays which is a quite large number.
  • The American Revolution

    The American Revolution had began in 1765, and ended at 1783. During this time the thirteen British American colonies decided to break away from the British empire. During this time we had rejected the British parliment tax without people electing to represent. There was so much trouble that it had caused the Boston tea Party, and that made British impose the Intolerable Acts unto Massaschusetts in 1774. We had a Revolutionary war from 1775 until 1783.
  • End of Early Modern English, and start of present English

    This may seem like a large shift, but in reality the main differnce is vocabulary. With changes caused from the Industrial Revoluation as well as the British Empire we started to adopt words from differnt countries.