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 The Rise & Fall of West Saxon

 

Characteristics of Early West Saxon

 
  • This dialect was spoken at the end of the ninth - the first half of the tenth century

 
  • The translation of Bede's Ecclesiastical History is written in this dialect

 
  • As well as Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

 
  • Works by Alfred himself, such as the translation of the Pastoral Care, were written in this dialect

 
  • The texts contain a great deal of variation

 
  • They display dialect mixture (especially from Mercian), personal variation, and scribal inconsistency

 
  • There is no sign of any real attempt to produce a consistent, universally standardized form of expression

 

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THE RISE & FALL OF WEST SAXON

  Alfred the Great

  The Rise of West Saxon (Wessex)

  Characteristics of Early West Saxon

  Characteristics of Late West Saxon

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