The English language was started around 450
A.D. by invaders who arrived in England from the Germanic region of Saxony.
The Saxons mixed with the Celts who had come to England several hundred
years earlier. After the battle of Hastings (1066 A.D.), invaders
from the French region of Normandy influenced the English vocabulary and
the English pronunciation. The great shift in the pronunciation of
vowels started at that time. Also, Greek and Latin have provided
many vocabulary words mostly in scientific and legal terminology.
Revised: 1 November 1999
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