The Great Vowel Shift from Chaucer to Shakespeare. Changes in vowel pronunciation in English poetry from the Middle English to Early Modern English period


Term Paper, 2018

9 Pages, Grade: 1,7


Abstract or Introduction

The Great Vowel Shift terms the change of sounds of long vowels in the English language within the period from 1400 to 1700. This period can also be referred to as the change from Middle English, hereafter ME, to Early Modern English, hereafter EModE. This paper investigates the very basic and commonly agreed on changes of the vowel system from ME to EModE. Additionally, works of Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare who serve as representatives for each period are being examined in order to proof the previously stated sound changes by means of English literature.

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Title
The Great Vowel Shift from Chaucer to Shakespeare. Changes in vowel pronunciation in English poetry from the Middle English to Early Modern English period
College
Free University of Berlin  (Institut für Englische Philologie)
Course
History of English II: Historical Linguistics
Grade
1,7
Author
Year
2018
Pages
9
Catalog Number
V459039
ISBN (eBook)
9783668894310
ISBN (Book)
9783668894327
Language
English
Keywords
Chaucer, Shakespeare, Middle English, Early Modern English, The Great Vowel Shift, Vowel Pronunciation, IPA, Long Vowels, Short Vowels, Diphthongization, Diphthongs
Quote paper
Lucia Maea (Author), 2018, The Great Vowel Shift from Chaucer to Shakespeare. Changes in vowel pronunciation in English poetry from the Middle English to Early Modern English period, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/459039

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