Good question, except that we don’t sound like we speak Middle English. I know
one technique is to look at poetry that rhymes and see what rhymes with what.
I first encountered the notion of the vowel shift in a science-fiction book,
The Domesday Book, by Connie something or other. A very good time-travel story
set in Oxford and England the year the plague arrived. Published _years_ ago.
One of the original goals of the young woman going back in time was to gather
evidence on the early permutations of the vowel shift.
On Mar 21, 2014, at 2:18 AM, Chris Barker <ftog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> How does he know that the way they spoke changed?
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