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French vs. English

 

 

Factors Favouring English

 
 
 
  • The vast majority of the population would have had little or no contact with French at all, and would continue to speak Old English

 
  • A bilingual class would have emerged, consisting of the aristocracy, senior clergy, and merchant traders and settlers

 
  • A few English would have learned French for the purpose of social advancement

 
  • Baronial staff would have had to learn English in order to mediate between their lords and local communities

 
  • French-speaking clergy would need to acquire English in order to carry out their mission to the people

 
  • There was an enormous amount of intermarriage between Normans and English: their children would have grown up bilingually

 

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FRENCH VS. ENGLISH

  Factors Favouring English

  Constraints on the Use of French

  The Situation of Triglossia

  The French Legacy

  Hybrid Anglo-French Forms

  French Loans in Chaucer

  The Impact of Latin

  Combined Impact of French and Latin

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