Early Modern English

Early Modern English Table of Contents

KEYTERMS A set of keyterms useful for the study of early modern English.
HOW DO YOU "DO"? A lesson with exercises on the verb "to do."
THE GREAT VOWEL SHIFT The Great Vowel Shift is one of the most important sound changes in the history of the English language. The multi-media review on these pages will help you learn it.
MINOR VOWELS Download this pdf exercise on some of the minor vowel changes in Middle English. Print it out, complete the exercises, and take it to your next section.
CONSONANTS [Currently empty]
THR-OUGH THE AGES This set of lessons will help you learn the complex development of the different pronunciations of the "-ough" ending.
RHYMING PAIRS An exercise on some of Jonathan Swift's 18th-century rhyme words.
PRONOUN VARIATION Download this pdf exercise on pronoun variation. Print it out, complete the exercises, and take it to your next section.
GENITIVES Why do we call it the "Wife-of-Bath's Tale" instead of the "Wife's Tale of Bath"? This lesson will help you learn about the difficulties the old genitive constructions could create.
VERB MORPHOLOGY [Currently Empty]
TRANSCRIPTION Download and print this pdf of the Tower of Babel story from the King James Bible. Complete the exercises on the second page, and take them to your next section.


Listen to a recording of an early modern song in period pronunciation. You can read along with the lyrics in the player, and print out a facsimile of an early published version of the lyrics.


This exercise gives you the opportunity to look up words in the Lexicons of Early Modern English. Answer the questions and bring the sheets to section.