As English period developed. First of all, the most

As I mentioned before, Early Modern English period was full
of proposals, changes and reforms. Of course, it does not just happened. There
had to be personalities who suggested several changes that influenced the way
how several details in Early Modern English period developed.

First of all, the most notable personality of Early Modern
English period is of course, William Shakespeare. Who was he? Briefly said, he was
an English poet, playwright and actor and widely regarded as the greatest
writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. But why
was he that important during this period? We may do not realise, but our
everyday speech contain plenty of Shakespeare´s word and phrases. Better said,
full of words and phrases that Shakespeare invented. He was able to do that because English was changing as
people modernised it in their normal speech. By Shakespeare’s time in Early
Modern English word you was being used for both singular and plural, but in the
singular it also had a role as an alternative to thou and thee . Word you was
used by people of lower status to those above them , such as ordinary people to
nobles, children to parents and was also the formal way for the upper classes
to talk to each other. In contrast, thou and thee were used by people of higher
society to those between them, and by the lower classes to each other, as well
as in addressing God, and in talking to witches, ghosts, and other supernatural

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The next important person to mentioned is Sir Thomas Elyot
who was a notable supporter of the introduction of new words was the humanist
and diplomat. Among now common words, he introduced participate v. Among less
popular words, he introduced obtestation n. and pristinate adj. Elyot
frequently explained his coinages: for example his use of the words maturity
(maturity n. 3: he was unaware that the word had already been used in other
senses in English) and modesty.


The classical languages, not being current spoken languages,
do not change, and can therefore be described by a set of fixed grammatical
rules. This was frequently regarded as the ideal condition of a language. From
about 1660 there were proposals for an academy which would



regularize and purify the language. This desire for
regulation was to some extent met by the

expansion of the number and coverage of dictionaries and by
the development of English grammars, most of which, however, were modelled on
grammars of Latin and had very little to say about sentence structure. Between
about 1540 and 1640 there was a movement for spelling reform in England. Early
advocates were Sir John Cheke  and Sir
Thomas Smith, who were conscious of the disparity in spelling between English
and Latin and important role played also John Hart who proposed a phonetic
spelling system using a number of additional symbols.




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