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Germanic tribes (including the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes) invade Britain
-tribes speak a group of languages called Anglo-Saxon, now called Old English
-Celts (original Britains) resist invasions because of Dux Bellorum (Duke of Battles) who was believed to be the source for King Arthur
-language remained virtually unchanged
Vikings invade and conquer parts of northern and central England
-Vikings speak Old Norse, which influences Old English
-New vocabulary is introduced
-Old English started to have word endings replaced by propositions and word order becomes more important
William the Conqueror and the Norman French win the Battle of Hastings and gain control of Britain
-Norman invaders speak Old French, which becomes the dominant language for about a century
-Middle English is developed, borrowing french words
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