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  • Shakespeare's Language Thy blah, thou blah, thee blah
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  • The Language The language of Shakespeare can appear confusing and daunting when first reading his work. Many people become confused and turned off by his work because of the language. The English language contains about 300,000 words, but your vocabulary is about 3000 and you get by on a daily basis with about 150. By contrast, William Shakespeare had a vocabulary of 15,000 words and invented many of the words and phrases that we still use today.
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  • Re-Inventing the Language Shakespeare is not the last person to re-invent the English language. Like it or hate it computers and mobile phones have changed the way we write and communicate with each other.
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  • The Language of Text Messaging Here is an example of a conversation that may occur on MSN or through mobile phone texts. Sam: Wotz up...R U OK...Wotz d m@r James: brb.....POS Sam: lol....;-) James: Shes gone...Noting d M@r Sam: You going 2 Steves prt this W/E or hanging wit UR GF James: ROFL....chilln wit GF...I h8t Steve....
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  • Shakespearean Text Messages Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet FeudTween2hsesMontague&Capulet. RomeoM falls_ _JulietC@marySecretly Bt R kils Js Cox&isbanishd. J fakes Death. As Part of Plan2b-w/R Bt_leter Bt It Nvr Reachs Him. Evry1confuzdbothLuvrs kil Emselves. Translate the above passage into your own words using CORRECT ENGLISH!
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  • The Language of Text Messaging List down five reasons for how and why our language has evolved through the use of text messaging: 1 2 3 4 5
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  • Shakespearean Language 1.Thou, thee and thy These mean you, you, and your, respectively. These words dropped out of our language a couple of centuries ago, but Shakespeare uses them. The verb that is used with thou changes as well. Example: Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit, Wilt thou not Jule? Translation: You will fall backward when you have more wit, Will you not, Jule?
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  • Shakespearean Language 2. Inversion Sometimes Shakespeare will invert the verb and the subject. For instance, he might write, Went I to Bellarmine. instead of I Went to Bellarmine. Example: Then dreams he of anothers benefice. Translation: He dreams of anothers benefice.
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  • Others Who Invert the Language Powerful you have become, the dark side I sense in you. -- Yoda Grave danger you are in. Impatient you are. -- Yoda Try not. Do or do not, there is no try. -- Yoda Help you I can, yes. -- Yoda When 900 years you reach, look as good, you will not. -- Yoda
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  • Shakespearean Language 3. Diction There are three problems with Shakespeares word choices: Firstly - he uses words that no longer exist in the English we speak. Secondly - he uses words that are in our language, but now have a different meaning to us. Thirdly he uses words that are in our language, but we simply dont know what these words mean you should look them up.
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  • Shakespearean Vocabulary Some translations to help you still = always soft = slowly, gently mark = listen an = if fell = cruel, fierce, deadly to-night = last night perforce = we must, you must kind = true to ones nature
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  • Shakespearean Vocabulary ay = yes fain = gladly marry = swear word anon = at once plague, pox, ague = disease Wherefore = why Aye = yes Een = even Eer = ever Fair = beautiful
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  • Haply = by chance Hath = has Marry = yes, indeed Prithee = please Thy = your Whence = where Wilt = will, will you Shakespearean Vocabulary
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  • Alack: Alas! This is an expression of sorrow or sympathy Alack alack! Help, help! My ladys dead! (Act IV Scene 5) Anon: Soon Anon, good nurse! Sweet Montague be true! (Act II Scene 2) Art: are Thou art thyself though not a Montague. (Act II Scene 2) Hither: here Meantime I writ to Romeo that he should hither come as this dire night. (Act V Scene 2)
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  • Shakespearean Vocabulary Fie: expression of anger Fie, fie, thou shamest thy shape, thy love, thy wit. (Act III Scene 3) Hence: away from here Go, get thee hence, for I will not away. (Act V Scene 2) Therefore hence be gone! (Act V Scene 2) Hie: hurry Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence cell. (Act II Scene 5)
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  • Shakespearean Vocabulary Thee/Thou: you Thou art consortest with Romeo. (Act III Scene 1) Tis: it is Tis but thy name that is thy enemy. (Act II Scene 2)
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  • Try it Yourself Try writing sentences to accomplish the following things: 1.Ask someone to dance with you. __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ 2.You are late to a meeting or game order your friend to hurry up. __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ 3.Beg your parents to let you stay out an extra hour past curfew. __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________
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  • Try it Yourself Haply, wilt thou dance with me? Hie! We must hence to the meeting/game! Prithee, Mom and Dad! I beg thee to let me stay out late tonight!
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  • Try it Yourself Now that you have converted modern language to Shakespearean language, try converting the following passages from Shakespeares plays and sonnets into the modern language of today.
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  • Try it Yourself 1.Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown! (Henry IV Part I) ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ 2.Whats in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet (Romeo and Juliet) ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ 3.Shall I compare you to a summers day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. (Sonnet 18) ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________
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  • Try it Yourself The head (the person) who wears a crown (a ruler, king, queen, etc.) will never be at rest. What does a name mean? If we renamed a rose and called it something else, it would still smell just as nice. Let me compare you to a summer day. You are more beautiful and more gentle.