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During the middle English period a number of very significant changes became visible, what kind of changes were they

Major, from Old English to Middle these are the loss of inflections, therefore, the development of fixed word order.

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In which two environments did the Shortening occur in the Early Middle English period?

Before double consonants and Consonant clusters except some of them.

-In the first syllable of a trisyllable word.

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When did the compound verbs start appearing in English?

Though they are not so present in actual English, they appeared at first during Middle English.

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What was the greatest influence on Middle English grammar (vocabulary)?

While the loss of inflections and the consequent simplification of English grammar were thus only indirectly due to the use of French in England, French influence is much more direct and observable upon the vocabulary.

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What did the continental Carolingian minuscule do?

Replaced the insular script that had been used for Old English, because of the significant difference in appearance between the old insular g and the Carolingian g

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Old English diphthongs were all simplified and all the diphthongs of Middle English are new formations, how were they different?

Such as the combination of a simple vowel with the following consonant ([J] or [W]), which is vocalized.

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What type of change the adjectives went through during this period?

Lost all distinction between the strong and weak declensions, except monosyllabic adjectives ending in consonants.

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What is an example of Middle English?

Major literary works written in Middle English include Havelok the Dane, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Piers Plowman, and Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

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What happened to Middle English when Late West Saxon was discontinued?

Middle English came to be written in a wide variety of scribal forms, reflecting different regional dialects and orthographic conventions.

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What kind of new grammar categories emerged in Middle English?

All areas of grammar were affected. Among the new kinds of construction were the progressive forms of the verb (as in I am going) and the range of auxiliary verbs (I have seen, I didn't go, etc.)

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