Early Modern English

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Abstract

In the Early Modern English period (1500–1700), steps were taken toward Standard English, and this was also the time when Shakespeare wrote, but these perspectives are only part of the bigger picture. This chapter looks at Early Modern English as a variable and changing language not unlike English today. Standardization is found particularly in spelling, and new vocabulary was created as a result of the spread of English into various professional and occupational specializations. New research using digital corpora, dictionaries, and databases reveals the gradual nature of these processes. Ongoing developments were no less gradual in pronunciation, with processes such as the Great Vowel Shift, or in grammar, where many changes resulted in new means of expression and greater transparency. Word order was also subject to gradual change, becoming more fixed over time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Research Encyclopedia : Linguistics
EditorsMark Aronoff
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication dateAug 2017
ISBN (Electronic)9780199384655
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameOxford Research Encyclopedias

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages

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Nevalainen, T. T. A. (2017). Early Modern English. In M. Aronoff (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Linguistics (Oxford Research Encyclopedias ). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199384655.013.264
Nevalainen, Taimi Terttu Annikki. / Early Modern English. Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Linguistics. editor / Mark Aronoff. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017. (Oxford Research Encyclopedias ).
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Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Linguistics. ed. / Mark Aronoff. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017. (Oxford Research Encyclopedias ).

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Nevalainen TTA. Early Modern English. In Aronoff M, editor, Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2017. (Oxford Research Encyclopedias ). https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199384655.013.264