It seems clear that at the beginning of the century the merger was taking place, e. Not everyone liked it. He is thinking mainly of Cockneys. But slowly the vulgar associations disappeared. The merger begins in the south among educated people and moves north but not as far as Scotland. I grew up in North Wales and never had it.
So whether you recognize it in the early 18th century will depend on your interpretation of the social setting. Do you have any advice for resources to learn how the pronunciation would be at the various stages from Middle to Early Modern, to Modern English? Is it feasible to learn a decent pronunciation of these as an amateur enthusiast? David Crystal Reply: November 26th, at pm. It certainly is to answer your last question first. As for resources, there are two from me.
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One is the audio file accompanying the third edition of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, out this week, which has some recordings of Caxton and others from that time. Info via the CUP website. Hope these will help. I know this is a general question, David. David Crystal Reply: November 24th, at pm.
Certainly enough to make the accent of the early s sound different to what we have today. Hi David! Thank you very much, and thank you for your wonderful scholarship! David Crystal Reply: October 23rd, at am. I have a vague recollection of some of Hamlet. But the person who would know is Mary Key, as she was the one who was at the Globe performance and who took the idea back.
If you can track her down…. Chris K Reply: October 29th, at pm. Got it wrong. It was Mary COY. I was thinking of her name in OP — sorry! Is that really so? Or is there another standard accent that holds a closer similarity? David Crystal Reply: September 21st, at am. No modern accent is identical, of course. None,for instance, pronounces -tion endings as -see-on. When I did this informally, a while back, I found Irish to come closest — which corresponds to a common first impression.
Also, the syllable timing of Caribbesn English is a contrast with the stress-timing of Elizabethan OP. Albert Soler i Cruanyes Reply: September 22nd, at am. David Crystal Reply: August 27th, at pm. Drew Reply: August 27th, at pm. Even to words with the same roots? Thank you so much! I apologize if you have answered these questions previously! You mentioned in some of these comments having an OP Dictionary?
If my questions are answered there, I would be happy to look there instead. David Crystal Reply: August 13th, at pm. The essential difference with immediately is that the final syllable is unstressed. The rhymes also show that there were many cases where words had two pronunciations, just as many do today think scone rhyming with both on and own.
Fear is a case in point and also several other words with an ea spelling. It sometimes rhymes with e. This is the Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation , published by Oxford University Press, with an accompanying audio file of all the entries accessed through a personalized code that you get with the book.
Or was sufficiently long ago for the lowland Scots accents and the Northern English accents to be more similar-sounding than they are now? David Crystal Reply: August 8th, at pm. Thank you very much. And all the way he taught, and all the way they Sung. Ye Brethren of the Lyre, and tunefull Voice, Lament his lott, but at your own rejoyce.
David Crystal Reply: August 6th, at pm. Thanks for your message. Purcell would have approved of such a thing, I suspect. David Crystal Reply: July 17th, at am. In a bigger work a guide to EME pron , it would have to be there. Anglian gold should yield a long ME vowel producing the pronunciation goold. And the spelling variants in the MidEng corpus are consistent with this. I had thought ModEng Gold with an O sound was a spelling pronunciation.
Here too I was influenced by the rhymes, with old, sold, enscrolled, and so on. Probably the best way to convey my perspective is with a transcription of my own.
It aims at a somewhat cultivated accent of the s. Picture, if you will, a young Ben Jonson getting his hands on a manuscript copy and reading it aloud. Also very interesting and plausible, apart from your apparent disregard of the rhymes in — a short vowel to love and a long vowel to remove , and then later different values for proved and loved.
And I wonder just how much trust one can put in the distinction you make between, for example, your transcription of speak and disgrace. He gives all, small, salt, calm among his examples.
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But when it comes before L, in the end of a syllabe, it obtaineth the full French sound, and is uttered with the mouth and throat wide opened, the tongue bent back from the teeth, as in all, small, gall, fall, tall, call. So in all the syllabes where a consonant followeth the L, as in salt, malt, balm, calm.
It does not really seem to me like your OP is actually the English that Jonson is describing. The merger cannot have complete in normative London English until the 18th century or so.
Shakespeare interrhymes all three of these, but not with the same frequency with which he rhymes these words inside their own lexical set. It does not follow from any of this that all three were merged in a single variety of speech at his time. At most it implies that there existed different varieties with different mergers. Jonson seems to be hearing vowel quality rather than vowel length. I felt that the length contrast in the all set was important, and I carried this through.