The 14th century — West Midlands dialects

  • Dennis Freeborn
Part of the Studies in English Language series book series (SEL)


In the Anglo-Saxon invasion and settlement of Britain, the Angles occupied the Midlands and North of England, and what is now southern Scotland. Their dialect of OE is called Anglian as a general term, but its northern and southern varieties were different enough for two dialects to be recognised — Northumbrian (north of the river Humber) and Mercian (south of the Humber).


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