Excerpt from A Short Sketch of the History of the English Language
The In¿uence of Scandinavian - The Danes began their incursions towards the end of L the eighth century. A hundred years later more than one-half of the country, comprising East Anglia, Northumbria, and parts ... of Mercia, was in their possession. Wessex alone, under King Alfred and his predecessors, succeeded in maintaining its position. But in 1016 a.d. 101' the whole country fell into their hands, and remained in their power until 1042 a.d. Naturally, their hatred of one another would for a period prove an insurmountable barrier to any such fraternization between the two races as would make it possible for the language of the one to in¿uence that of the other. Time, however, would adjust their differences, and as a result the two peoples, coming daily in contact, would tend to amalgamate. In the struggle for supremacy the native element of the population, being reinforced from outside the affected areas, proved the stronger. In time the Danes lost their sense of nationality and its most distinctive mark - their language. They gradually learned to Speak English, but in the process they profoundly modified it as a language.
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