is to listen to examples of the English language, take notes on the important events in the development of the English language, and write connections to our own lives in order to identify the broad differences between Early Modern English and Modern English.
awing the earls. Since erst he lay friendless, a foundling, fate repaid him: for he waxed under welkin, in wealth he throve, till before him the folk, both far and near, who house by the whale-path, heard his mandate, gave him gifts: a good king he!
After listening to Beowulf in Old English, do you think this is the language Shakespeare wrote in? Explain.
English Language Timeline Old English Middle English Mid 400's Germans invade British Isles 900 Beowulf Written 1066 Norman invasion and William the Conqueror Starts 1200 Great Vowel Shift 1300's Geoffrey Chaucer writes Canterbury Tales 1476 William Caxton starts printing, but not using a fixed language Page 80 Language Date Event
The holy blessed martyr there to seek Who helped them when they lay so ill and weal Befell that, in that season, on a day In Southwark, at the Tabard, as I lay Ready to start upon my pilgrimage To Canterbury, full of devout homage, There came at nightfall to that hostelry Some nine and twenty in a company Of sundry persons who had chanced to fall In fellowship, and pilgrims were they all That toward Canterbury town would ride. The rooms and stables spacious were and wide, And well we there were eased, and of the best. And briefly, when the sun had gone to rest, So had I spoken with them, every one, That I was of their fellowship anon, And made agreement that we'd early rise To take the road, as you I will apprise.
English Language Timeline Early Modern English Modern English 1490's Richard Pynson starts using government Lang- uage as a standard in printing. 1590's-1612 Shakespeare writes plays. 1662 Book of Common Prayer printed with wide distribution. 1776 Declaration of Independence written in U.S. Present Mass communication, fixed language, education Page 80 Language Date Event
In the beautiful city of Verona, where our story takes place, a long-standing hatred between two families erupts into new violence, and citizens stain their hands with the blood of their fellow citizens.