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THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: HOW HAS THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE CHANGED?

If we look at versions of the same text at successive historical periods, we can quickly observe some of the changes in the language. The Bible is a most useful source, because translations have been continually made from Old English, a thousand years ago, to the present day.

Activity:
Describe some of the differences in the following texts, which are the beginning of the parable of the Prodigal Son from St Luke's Gospel, Chap. 15. Look at vocabulary, spelling, word structure and word order, and try to identify Old English words that are still part of the present-day English, though sometimes considerably changed in their spelling.


Source:

amazon.de From Old English to Standard English
by
Dennis Freeborn
amazon.de


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