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The Vowel Shift Of Early Modern English In Shakespeare's Text


The short Shakespeare text shows an example of Early Modern English. The phonetic pronunciation is provided under each line to give you an idea of how the language was pronounced during this time. 

YOUR TASK is to describe the language of Early Modern English as shown in the text ONLY (Do not use any other materials or examples). Indicate any evidence of "vowel shift". 

Type out your observations neatly of evidence of "vowel shift" using paragraphs to organize your ideas. Please use examples from the text (ONLY) to illustrate each of your points. 

You are to use Times New Roman, Font 12, and type using double spacing. It should be 2-3 pages.


Title: The Vowel Shift Of Early Modern English In Shakespeare's Text
Length: 3 pages (847 Words)
Style: MLA


The Vowel Shift of Early Modern English In Shakespearean Text

The English language took a great shift in pronunciation from 1350 to 1700. Vowels in the text have continental values such as those found in liturgical Latin and Spanish. In the vowel shift, the two highest long vowels become diphthongs while the five undergo an increase in tongue height. The vowel in the Middle English is pronounced as a: in the words darkle as said by Prin in the first sentence. The vowel e: in tell, as used in the excerpt, remains the same.


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