[LMB] OT: Shakespeare's accent

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Sun Jul 25 20:02:03 BST 2021


As far as *Spartacus* goes, keep in mind that the slaves (the good guys)
were themselves not Roman, and likely spoke what Latin they had with
foreign accents.  Having them speak with American accents while the Romans
spoke with British accents was one way to show that.

On Sun, Jul 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM Katherine (Kathy) Collett <
kcollett at hamilton.edu> wrote:

> On Jul 25, 2021, at 9:05 AM, brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
> >
> > We had the great vowel shift.
> >
> > Lots of his poetry no longer rhymes because we don’t pronounce the words
> the same as they did back then.
>
> Most of the Great Vowel Shift was before Shakespeare’s time, though there
> was still some shifting going on.  Chaucer, now, was completely before the
> shift.
>
> Katherine
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