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The first dictionaries of English

Please note: several of the following links to dictionary content require subscriber access to the OED Online. Where next with the OED Online? there’s more on the development of early…

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Old English in the OED

Old English (or Anglo-Saxon, as it is sometimes called) is the term used to refer to the oldest recorded stage of the English language, i.e. from the earliest evidence in…

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Old English—an overview

Old English is the name given to the earliest recorded stage of the English language, up to approximately 1150AD (when the Middle English period is generally taken to have begun)….

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Middle English–an overview

Further reading on Middle English Simon Horobin and Jeremy Smith, An Introduction to Middle English (2002) Roger Lass, ‘Phonology and morphology’, in Norman Blake, ed. The Cambridge History of the…

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Grammar in early modern English

This article provides a selection of the main grammatical differences between early modern and late modern English; many more can be found within the OED entries for individual words. Where…

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