Northern and Southern texts compared

  • Dennis Freeborn
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The Danish and Norwegian settlers in the Danelaw (see sections 3.3.1 and 3.4.1) at first spoke dialects of Old Norse, but living with or close by the Angles and Saxons of the North and East Midlands of England, their language was in time assimilated into English. No written record of the Old Norse spoken by them has survived. We believe that Old Norse and Old English were ‘mutually intelligible’ — much of the vocabulary was similar enough to be understood by either Danes or English. A principal difference lay in the inflections used in OE and ON to mark grammatical categories like singular/plural, past/present, and so on.


Subject Pronoun Feminine Pronoun Noun Inflection Southern Dialect Northern Dialect 
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