What effects has the reformation had on the development of English?
- Anonymous7 years agoFavourite answer
One of the most important effects was the translation of the Bible into English. The most well-known one being King James Version. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_James_Bible)
- spiffer1Lv 77 years ago
Not so much the Reformation as the invention of the printing press, which while making the Bible accessible in various vernacular languages (including English), it also lowered the price of books which had previously been printed by hand after going through 'Imprimatur' which was the censorship process of the Church of Rome. This opened up an interest/need for more members of society to learn to read. Spelling, formation of printed letters and the publication of new ideas abounded/evolved thanks to this process.
The predominant languages of the Bible remained the original Hebrew (some Aramaic) and koine Greek.
- 7 years ago
It made English the language of the Bible... this helped to standardise the many English dialects across the country.
Also, under Catholic rule, non-English dialects like Cornish had been allowed to flourish...
... so the Reformation threatened these dialects by promoting English through the new English Bible.