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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

(p.127) 6 From Middle to Early Modern English
Sound Change and the History of English

Jeremy J. Smith (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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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