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what was the effect of the norman conquest on the language of Britain?

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Posted May 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM via web

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what was the effect of the norman conquest on the language of Britain?

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handbooktoliterature | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM (Answer #1)

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The Norman conquest lead to French taking over as the language of the elite and educated for a period of time in Britain. There is a large injection of French terminology, especially relating to the wealthier classes. Hence, when you want to order the best cut of steak you order a "Filet Mignon" and not ground beef.

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