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Sound Change and the History of English$
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Jeremy Smith

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291953.001.0001

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From Middle to Early Modern English

From Middle to Early Modern English

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(p.127) 6 From Middle to Early Modern English
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Sound Change and the History of English
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Jeremy J. Smith (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291953.003.0006

This chapter addresses what is probably the most famous sound-change in the history of English: the Great Vowel Shift, which is one of the key developments distinguishing Early Modern English from Middle English. Two Shifts — a Northern and a Southern development — are discussed, and distinct explanations are offered for both.

Keywords:   Great Vowel Shift, Northern Shift, Southern Shift, Scots

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