The norman conquest the influence of french on the english language loans and calques it was natural at first, because they knew no english for 200 years after the norman conquest, french remained the language of ordinary intercourse among the upper classes in england. For 200 years after the norman conquest, french remained the language of ordinary intercourse among the upper classes in england intermarriage and association with the ruling class numerous people of english extraction thought it was and advantage to learn the new language.
The influence of the norman conquest on english if we take a look to the history of the british isles, we find that it has been the norman conquest of britain has a number of linguistic effects on the language spoken in england at that time some of the results of these influences were the following:. Finally the norman conquest, which scholars consider a “defining moment in the development of the english language”2 although it is one of many factors in the evolution of english, the norman conquest of england in 1066 and the resulting effects were crucial in the formation of the english language.
William of normandy’s success in the norman conquest of 1066, when he seized the crown from harold ii, used to be credited with bringing in a host of new legal, political and social changes to england, effectively marking 1066 as the start of a new age in english history historians now believe.
The influence of the norman conquest on english norman 12 english language before the coming of the normans before the norman conquest, the people of england spoke old english or what was called anglo-saxon this language was germanic in vocabulary, with few the linguistic effects of the norman conquest on english language. Of course, the english language did not change overnight in response to the norman conquest fennell, on the other hand, maintains changes in english did not happen as a result of the conquest he states that the 'influence of french on english is neither extreme nor special' (fennell, 2001: 130.
The english language suffered as a result of the norman invasion as french and latin became the new languages of the government, church and the nobility english was now associated with the uncivilised and uneducated. Probably the most regrettable effect of the conquest was the total eclipse of the english vernacular as the language of literature, law, and administration superseded in official documents and other records by latin and then increasingly in all areas by anglo-norman, written english hardly reappeared until the 13th century.
At first the english withstood the norman attack of 1066 but soon they succumbed to the invaders, as did their virile language of record an article by hr loyn.