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English Language History and Linguistics


Start your research here on topics relating to the history of the English language and English linguistics.

Find sources for Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English (the language of Shakespeare), and modern English(es).

The stories of the evolution of the English language are fascinating and tell us a lot about human history, politics, and cultures.  Come explore!

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