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    Billie9274 is offline Newbie
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    Since when English started to look modern?

    Hello and I'll try to elaborate on my question.....
    I said 'modern' to mean modern spelling. For example, 19th century writings can be quite archaic, although a pleasure in the eye, and no one uses
    English like that nowadays. But everyone can read it, including kids.

    Shakespeare is not modern in spelling and there is something in development in the language too. What we read today is the modernised version of it.
    So it doesn't fall in to the category of my concept of modern.

    But then I was quite surprised at how readable Jane Austen's works are. I think they are from 1790 or something. Then, when exactly printers printed books and publications in our concept of modernised spellings? I am guessing it must be around 18th century when nouns dropped their initial capital letters.

    I hope my questions aren't so meaningless. I've been posting too many questions in two days.

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    Re: Since when English started to look modern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Billie9274 View Post
    I've been posting too many questions in two days.
    Please don't post any more new ones until all your existing threads have been dealt with.

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    Re: Since when English started to look modern?

    I'll keep in mind to that one, thank you!

    And I'm terribly sorry that my posts had to be constantly moved away. I'll take better care next time.

    Once again, thank you so much.
    Last edited by Billie9274; 27-Jul-2017 at 11:05. Reason: I added more texts

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    Re: Since when English started to look modern?

    It is a combination of various things- printing was important, and the publication of dictionaries. In Shakespeare's time, spelling was pretty chaotic- he isn't consistent about spelling his name. The OED used a different spelling from the common one at one stage, I believe.
    Last edited by Tdol; 28-Jul-2017 at 10:04. Reason: sleeping->spelling

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    Re: Since when English started to look modern?

    Sleeping is still chaotic for some people, and lack of it can affect your spelling.

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    Re: Since when English started to look modern?

    Yikes- autocorrect strikes again. Late at night.

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