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Kentish dialect (Old English)

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Kentish was a southern dialect of Old English spoken in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Kent. It was one of four dialect-groups of Old English, the other three being Mercian, Northumbrian (known collectively as the Anglian dialects), and West Saxon.

The dialect was spoken in what is now the modern-day county of Kent, Surrey, southern Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by the Jutes.

Henry Sweet included two Kentish charters and a Kentish psalm (from the Vespasian Psalter) in his Anglo-Saxon Reader; a charter of Oswulf (805-10) and a charter of Abba (835).[1]


  1. ^ Sweet, H., ed. (1946) Sweet's Anglo-Saxon Reader; 10th ed., revised by C. T. Onions. Oxford: Clarendon Press; pp. 181-84 & 190-95

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