English Language - Week 2 - Language Change

  • Causes of Language change can be the Structural Change ie. great vowel shift, Contact (historical factors) and Social factors

Structural Change

  • eg. Me and be used to be pronounced 'bay' and 'may'. How did this change?
  • There was a structural change in phonological system = chain shift. All long vowels moved up
  • Highest vowels became diphthongs (two sounds into a single syllable)
  • The great vowel shift is still not complete ie in the North-East.

Liverpool English

  • 'It' for example is pronounced with…


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