Author Topic: Has English orthography been changed by English revolution?  (Read 9457 times)

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Offline Aleksey

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You are wrong with the dates.
Indeed I am, I've made some research on this theme and I've found the following: Chancery Standart of English was used since the late 15th century and because of Proceedings in Courts of Justice Act 1730 English became the dominant language in all spheres of science and economics.

differences in style and syntax cannot be crusial for understanding.
Chancery English was more unified than then English of writers, so, obviously, you'll find much easier to read documents.

Offline Dana

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-e was a schwa sound up to the start of 17th century when the Great Vowel Shift ended. (i.e. booke - ['bu:kə])
Final -e was already completely lost in spoken English by the time of Chaucer. Except for some dialects.
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