The Great Vowel Shift

The Great Vowel Shift and the History of Britain

The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered
Jan 27, 2020 – 15:42
The English language underwent a dramatic change in pronunciation between the fourteenth and the seventeenth centuries, so much so that Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare likely would not have understood each other’s speech. The transformation was emblematic of the historical events that shaped a nation. The History Guy recalls the Great Vowel Shift.