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Here’s what Shakespeare’s plays sounded like with their original English accent

In this short documentary, linguist David Crystal and his son, actor Ben Crystal, look at the differences between English pronunciation now and how it was spoken 400 years ago. They answer the most basic question you probably have right now — How do you…

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This is something that I’ve been meaning to post for a while, but it slipped away. I think today is English localization day for me. Anyway, David Crystal is THE man you want to read or learn from if you want to learn about linguistics, especially English language linguistics. I’ve never read a resource that didn’t reference him in some way. Even reading his works directly yield great insights. 


Check out this fantastic video that shows how pronunciation alone can change how language is perceived. After that, think about how English (or any other language that has multiple dialects) sounds today in various countries. It’s incredible that we all still understand each other at all! I also find it fascinating that perception of the dialect can change the meaning. Listen to what Ben Crystal says towards the end of how one speech changed meaning and how the actors perceived the "OD" dialects. 


(I think I missed out on a career in linguistics…fascinating stuff to me…)


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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