Early Modern English
Now available in a completely revised edition, this book describes the English language between the years 1500 and 1700--the different varieties of the language, the attitudes of its speakers towards it, its pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. It will be useful to serious students of the history of English and takes full account of those readers who are mainly interested in the literature of the period by providing plenty of references to literary works and authors.
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adjectives adverbs allophone archaisms auxiliary became called classical clauses common consonant developed dialect dictionaries diphthong doth earlier Early Modern period eighteenth century eloquent Elyot eModE England especially Faerie Queene French grammar Greek hath haue inflection influence inkhorn terms kind King later Latin Latin loans linguistic literary language loan words long vowel main sample meaning Middle English morpheme neuer non-restrictive non-standard normal noun occasionally occur passage past participle perhaps personal antecedents phonemes phrase plural poetry poets position prepositions PresE pronunciation present-day probably pronunciation prose puritan reader realised relative clause relative pronoun rhetoric rhymes says Scots secondary stress sentence seventeenth century Shakespeare singular sixteenth century sometimes southern speakers speech Spenser strong forms style subjunctive suffix supplementary sample syllable symbol teenth century things thou tongue traditional translation unstressed usage usually variant vocabulary weak form writing written