The Differences Of Chaucer And The Great Vowel Shift

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The comprehension or understanding of the English language, and its broad vocabulary, has always been difficult for non-native speakers. The English language has gone through a continuous evolution and dramatic changes throughout its three major periods: Old English (roughly from 450 to 1100), Middle English (from 1100 to 1500), and Modern English (from 1500 to present day). The changes have occurred in all areas of the language. The Great Vowel Shift is one of the most significant changes which took place in the English language in a century or two during and after Chaucer’s lifetime. The GVS was perhaps the most important process in the change from Middle English to Modern English. Without the shift, it would be impossible to explain the short-long vowel alternation in Modern English and irregularities of certain words. It also helps with the teaching of reading, and the understanding of any English-language text. The result is a clearer view on why words look and act the way they do. What about the Great Vowel Shift? This paper aims to take a brief look at the history of the English language and how the Great Vowel Shift impacted the language. It will also give an over view of what the GVS is and how it affected the English language. It also reveals some possible theories on why it happened and the lasting effects it left behind. It is concluded that a learner of the English language needs to fully understand why there are so many words in the language and how they are

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