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Shakespeare’s Influence On Language. Shakespeare's Influence on Early Modern English. Shakespeare is one of the most famous Englishmen because of his development on early modern English

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Shakespeare’s Influence On Language

Shakespeare's Influence on Early Modern English

  • Shakespeare is one of the most famous Englishmen because of his development on early modern English

  • His development on English was huge because he was able to incorporate it into everyone’s everyday normal speech with a lot of phases and words Shakespeare invented

Shakespeare's Influence on Grammar

  • Grammar was changing because inflectional endings had largely disappeared.

  • Modern English was becoming flexible and that was the forerunner to the Renaissance explosion which created the inventible language.

  • Shakespeare was a leader in this movement.

Shakespeare's Modification of English

  • Writers for years have been able to invent new uses for words to fit their writings needs

  • English was being set free for writers to take it where they wanted

  • Shakespeare took it to many places through his texts showing the way to how we use it today

  • For example Ceaser made the noun antic which is a fool and then Shakespeare made it into a verb to make a foul of

Early Modern English Compared to Modern English

  • Early Modern and strictly Modern English are almost identical which makes both easier to understand.

  • Some differences are the use of “thees” and “thous”.

  • Shakespeare exploited (to his advantage) the fact that the usage of words was in transition

Shakespeare’s use of plural and singular forms of “you”

  • “You” in Modern English is used in both singular and plural and as a noun but in Old English it’s used as differently

  • In Old English you was around, but used as the object of a sentence, but when you’re talking to or about people you use thou for one person and ye for more than one person

  • By Early Modern English time ye and thou had become out dated and virtually disappeared and you had become the norm

Shakespeare’s use of plural and singular forms of “you” Continued

  • In Early Modern English you was now used for singular and plural but had a role as an alternative to thou and thee

  • “You” was used by lower class to speak to or address higher class

  • Thou and thee were used by higher class to speak to lower class and others such as witches and when addressing God

Words Shakespeare Invented

  • The following is a list of words that William Shakespeare invented:

  • Accommodation

  • Amazement

  • Assasination

  • Bloody

  • Bump

  • Critic

  • Gloomy

  • Hurry

  • Impartial

  • Majestic

  • Obscene

  • Road

Phrases Shakespeare Invented

  • The following is a list of phrases that William Shakespeare invented:

  • Catch a Cold

  • Heart of Gold

  • Hot-Blooded

  • Lackluster

  • Method to his madness.

  • Too much of a good thing.

  • Wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve.

Shakespeare Insults

  • The following is a list of insults that William Shakespeare invented:

  • Thou art like a toad; ugly and venemous.

  • A most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of no good quality.

  • Thou art as loathsome as a toad.

  • Thine face is not worth sunburning.

  • Your brain is as dry as the remainder biscuit after voyage.

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