The Great Vowel Shift--Now a movie, opening in a theatre near you
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I'm not a linguist...an English major required to take linguistics (and this was long ago in 1979 in grad school at NYU), but whenever i discuss that class or the field of linguistics I tend to mention:
1. The Great Vowel Shift, which is, for some strange reason, a vivid label for a linguistic event. It sounds like an organized event or revolution -- like The Hippie Era, Woodstock, The Boston Tea, Party, The Great Vowel Shift.
2. John Barthes' S/Z
3. Our text, The Origins of the English Language, which I despised for its power to bore me silly.
I think the Great Vowel Shift would be a terrific name for a movie. If you saw it listed on a movie marquee, who would be in it and what would it be about?
It would be really boring.
I think it's just a little too difficult for me to imagine that anyone would make a movie about the way language changes. Though, I suppose, if I try hard enough, I could see it being some sort of spy movie involving time travel and a lot of written code.
Hey! Isn't that one of your standard plots, in a way?
>4 Larxol: Not to mention fricatives.
Seriously, though, I confess, once I saw a PBS special on the current American vowel shift happening around the Great Lakes region that I found fascinating. However, I totally acknowledge that I'm a geek.