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Book: The Five-Minute Linguist

Chapter: 27. Where did English Come From?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38146


In the fifth century, Germanic tribes took over the British Isles where Celts were living. Two of the main tribes came from regions called Angeln and Saxony, which is why the language they brought to Britain was called ‘Anglo-Saxon’.

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  • John Algeo ( - jalgeo) 'University of Georgia'