Early Modern English III — the seventeenth century

  • Dennis Freeborn
Part of the Studies in English Language book series (SEL)


In Chapters 7 to 9, we followed the establishment of educated London English as a standard language. Although all varieties of seventeenth and twentieth century writing are clearly contrasted in style, the underlying grammatical differences between seventeenth century and present-day English are relatively small, so there are fewer developments in the grammar to record. As the spelling of words becomes more and more regular, the look of the printed page becomes more familiar, although we still find less conformity to a standard spelling and punctuation in handwriting. The vocabulary is, of course, always losing and gaining words according to the needs of communication.


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© Dennis Freeborn 1992

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