Early Modern English features

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  • Early Modern English 15th-17th century
    • Printing press: William Caxton 1476
    • Used double negatives and comparatives
      • Showed more complex sentence structures
        • Relied on conjunctions e.g. then/and
    • Mulcaster - first book and spellings 1582
    • 'U' + 'Y' still used interchangeably
    • Great Vowel Shift - King James I Bible - Renaissance

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