Saturday, August 6, 2011

English Pronunciation from the Time of Shakespeare

I love listening to the different accents and dialects of the English language. It turns out that the learned brand of Oxford or Cambridge English has very little to do with the way English was spoken at the time of Shakespeare. Apparently, at that time, the "R's" in the English language were much more pronounced. So a Shakespearean soliloquy in the time of Shakespeare would have been pronounced much more in line with the pronunciation of contemporary Irish, Australian or Appalachian than it would have been pronounced in the contemporary British dialect.

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