From Old English to Modern English — comparing historical texts

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


It should be easier for you now to recognise texts from different historical periods of the language, and to describe how they differ from contemporary English. A very short example will illustrate this. It is the first verse from chapter 3 of The Book of Genesis, and illustrates some of the changes in the language from OE to MnE which have been described.


Historical Text Sound Change Dialectal Form Spelling Convention Lower Case Variant 
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© Dennis Freeborn 1998

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