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What did Tudor people sound like?

In this week's Friday video, I wanted to consider the question "what did Tudor people sound like?" and to share some resources on this topic with you. I'd love to travel back in time to hear them speak!

David Crystal's website can be found at and the book I recommend of his is The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation. The article by Paul Meier is "The Original Pronunciation (OP) of Shakespeare's English" and that can be read at

A London Accent from the 14th to the 21st centuries:


The History of English – Claire Chats series:

  • The History of English Part 1 - Old English - click here
  • The History of English Part 2 - Middle English - click here.
  • The History of English Part 3 - Early Modern English, the language of the Tudors - click here

My video on Reading Tudor Sources -

The accent of Tangier Island:

The Ocracoke Island accent and dialect:

The Appalachian accent:

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  1. C

    What a great video, Claire! I too am a great fan of both the Crystal men. I didn’t know about the dictionary, so a visit to Amazon or Blackwell is in order, after I have watched the other videos.

    I’m really looking forward to tomorrow night’s chat.

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What did Tudor people sound like?