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1400s

  • The Great Vowel Shift begins 
  • Caxton's printer press was created. He had to decide which dialect would be used in his printing and he chose East Midlands, which became the forerunner of Standard English.

1500s

  • Elizabethan age of exploration - SE started moving into Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
  • Renaissance era 
  • Richard Mulcaster's 'elementaire' - came up with the idea of adding the magic e onto the end of words to create new meanings 

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