Monday, July 19, 2010

The Great Vowel Shift

 Courtesy of Wikipedia.org

I was listening to NPR while driving at lunch today, and they were talking about the various versions of the song, "Molly Malone," set in Dublin, Ireland, that have been published over the years in an effort to identify if there was a real Molly Malone in the 18th or 19th Centuries...."Selling Cockles and Muscles, Alive, Alive, Oh."

A little digging around on Wikipedia, and I happened on the term, "The Great Vowel Shift," which describes a major change in how words were pronounced which occured in the south of England during a 300 year span.  I'd never heard of this before.  Have you?  Here is the Wikipedia Article.