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    patterns of pronunciation, which in turn led to the almost complete loss of the Anglo-Saxon inflection system. Thus, English went from a moderately inflected language to a language with almost no inflections. As a result, English developed a more rigid word order system in order to defy the role of words in a given sentence.

    The influx of French words during the Middle English period also paved the way for the unbridled introduction of Latin and to a lesser extent Greek words during the Renaissance period, when some complained that the scholarly types were using a bunch of new words that their own mother's wouldn't have a clue about.

    The Renaissance love of Latin and Greek words is still with us to some extent, in that neologisms tend to be created from Latin and Greek roots, rather than from Germanic ones.  

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