Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Video: What Did Shakespeare's English Sound Like?

Friday, June 17, 2016
Romeo & Juliet
Loretta reports:

Not long ago, I posted a short video about the way the English language has changed over the centuries.

I raised the question about how understandable Shakespeare’s English would be to modern audiences: not only in the sense of unfamiliar words and phrases but also in terms of the sounds.

Lo and behold, wandering through YouTube at some point when I probably should have been working on the WIP, I found the answer as well as more glimpses of what goes on at the new Globe theater.

Image: Francesco Hayez, L'ultimo bacio di Giuletta e Romeo (Romeo and Juliet's Last Kiss)

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Sarah said...

why, it's not so different to north Suffolk/south Norfolk/Waveney valley but spoken a bit faster

Rosi said...

Absolutely fascinating. Thanks so much for posting this.

KittyinVA said...

That was so interesting. I love Shakespeare and found the new way of looking at the verse to be stunning. It's almost a new language to be learned. Makes me almost wish I had another life to live where I could immerse myself in all this at The Globe. Wow, hog heaven!

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