Dear Anglophiles: I’ve found a brilliant video that I must share. Shakespearean scholars have reconstructed the original pronunciation of Early Modern English, as used by Shakespeare himself, and audiences can see Shakespearean plays at London's Globe Theatre that use these pronunciations. Early Modern English dates from the beginning of the Tudor period, in the late 1400s, through the Restoration, in the late 1600s, and the scholars label their reconstructed pronunciations as “OP" (original pronunciation). This 10-minute video will give you a taste of these wonderfully lyrical pronunciations . . . and will, quite possibly, make you include the Globe on your next London trip, if you weren’t already heading there!
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