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'''Old English''' is an early form of the English [[language]] that was spoken in [[England]] around 1000 years ago. It is sometimes called [[Anglo-Saxon]]. The language spoken in England is considered Old English [[450]][[AD]] until some time after the [[Norman]] invasion of england (around [[1066]][[AD]]), when it becomes [[Middle English]]. Most Old English texts are now [[Transliteration|transliterated]] rather than being produced in [[period]] typefaces.  
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'''Old English''' is an early form of the English [[language]] that was spoken in [[England]] around 1000 years ago. It is sometimes called [[Anglo-Saxon]]. The language spoken in England is considered Old English [[450]] [[AD]] until some time after the [[Norman]] invasion of England (around [[1066]] [[AD]]), when it becomes [[Middle English]]. Most Old English texts are now [[Transliteration|transliterated]] rather than being produced in [[period]] typefaces.  
  
 
== Major differences from modern English ==
 
== Major differences from modern English ==
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The [[Project Gutenberg]] e-text of Beowulf can be found at http://library.adelaide.edu.au/etext/pg/etext97/bwulf10.txt
 
The [[Project Gutenberg]] e-text of Beowulf can be found at http://library.adelaide.edu.au/etext/pg/etext97/bwulf10.txt
  
=== The lords prayer (showing change over time) ===
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=== The Lord's Prayer (showing change over time) ===
 
Many early examples of old english (and other period languages) are of a religious nature. The Lord's Prayer is a good example of the change in [[English]] over time.
 
Many early examples of old english (and other period languages) are of a religious nature. The Lord's Prayer is a good example of the change in [[English]] over time.
  
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This version of the Lord's Prayer probably isn't recognizable by the majority of modern English speakers. 1000 AD is before the [[Norman]] [[invasion]] of [[England]] and therefore many of the words in Modern English that were taken from French are not yet present in the Language.
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This version of the Lord's Prayer probably isn't recognizable by the majority of modern English speakers. 1000 AD is before the [[Norman]] [[invasion]] of [[England]] and therefore many of the words in Modern English that were taken from French are not yet present in the language.
  
 
===External Links===
 
===External Links===
 
*[http://www.engl.virginia.edu/OE/courses/handouts/oealpha.gif The Old English Alphabet]
 
*[http://www.engl.virginia.edu/OE/courses/handouts/oealpha.gif The Old English Alphabet]

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