I thought I was just a computer geek, but after we started reading Beowulf for our home school history, I realized that I could have just as easily been a language/literature geek. I’m a novice, but am really enjoying our little literary adventures.
Most links below are external.
- Wikipedia: The Great Vowel Shift
- The ABC’s and All Their Tricks by M. Bishop
- The Organization of Dialect Diversity in North America, by William Labov, University of Pennsylvania
- The Speech Accent Archive
Literature & Lore
Some of my favorites:
The Aubrey/Maturin “Master and Commander” series, by Patrick O’Brian
Beowulf, author unknown
- Beowulf word cloud (made using wordle.net)
- http://www.beowulftranslations.net/pronunciation.shtml – has tons of links; also has some tables on vowel, diphthong, and consonant (search on “Old English Pronunciation” within the page)
- www.mcgoodwin.net/pages/beowulf.html – has a summary of the plot, a link to a pronunciation guide, and audio examples
- Old English at the University of Virginia
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien