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The Old English language

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The modern English language has many French influences. Why doesn't the language of Beowulf, Old English, reflect these influences?

A

The Anglo-Saxons hated the tribes from the modern-day France area and did not mingle with them.

B

This poem was written in a more formal version of Old English. The vernacular version of Old English does have French influences.

C

The Norman conquest occurred after the transcription of Beowulf.

D

Invading French tribes tended to settle near the Celtic tribes in the west of England, near modern-day Wales. They did not mingle with the Angles, Saxons and Jutes and so did not yet influence the language.

E

French influence in early Old English faded away as the language developed over time.