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Historical Forms of English

The English language, like others, has changed over time.

Items shown below:  
(going back in time)

Modern English, Early Modern English, Archaic English, Middle English, and Old English
 

top Modern English

1) Where is my room?

2) Where is the beach?

3) Where is the bar?

4) Don't touch me there!

Language information at Wikipedia and Ethnologue

See the modern English page for additional dialects



top Early Modern English

Early Modern English was used between the late 1400s to 1650 CE.
The first edition of the King James Bible and the works of William Shakespeare both belong to the late phase of Early Modern English.

[Early Modern English]

Language information at Wikipedia



top Archaic English

"Archaic English" usually refers to the variety spoken around 1500 CE.

[Archaic English]


top Middle English

Middle English was used in present day England between 1100 and 1500 CE.

[Middle English]

Language information at Wikipedia



top Old English (also called Anglo-Saxon)

Old English was used in present day England and southern Scotland between 700 and 1100 CE.

[Old English]

Language information at Wikipedia
Writing system information at Omniglot


Dan Short's timeline of the history of the English language shows how English has evolved

Chart of Germanic languages over time

Medieval Unicode Font Initiative


The four essential
travel phrases in English:

1) Where is my room?
2) Where is the beach?
3) Where is the bar?
4) Don't touch me there!
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