Key terms for Middle English

Norman French, Anglo-Norman
Parisian French
yogh
open syllable
closed syllable
lengthening
shortening
function words
levelling of inflected endings
scribal -e
SVO
dialect


1066 Norman Conquest; William crowned King of England
1204 King John loses Normandy
1348 - 1350 Plague 

1337-1453 Hundred Years War
1400 death of Geoffrey Chaucer
1476 Caxton's printing press