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External Influences on EnglishFrom its Beginnings to the Renaissance$
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D. Gary Miller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654260.001.0001

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The Scandinavian heritage of English

The Scandinavian heritage of English

(p.91) 5 The Scandinavian heritage of English
External Influences on English

D. Gary Miller

Oxford University Press

The major structural changes in the history of English originated in northeast England and are shared with East Norse. This chapter outlines the evidence for the extent of the different types of contact and discusses specific innovations. Because of the fused Norse‐English, there was a large amount of accommodation‐convergence, or koineization, accompanied by the death of Norse in England. Especially in the realm of morphology and syntax the linguistic influence was mutual. The innovations were shared with especially Old Jutland Danish.

Keywords:   northeast England, East Norse, koineizationmorpholgy, syntax, Old Jutland Danish

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