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Re: Elizabethan Accents
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1076.  Monday, 27 October 1997.

[1]     From:   Richard A Burt <
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        Date:   Sunday, 26 Oct 1997 22:25:09 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1073  Re: Elizabethan Accents

[2]     From:   Kristie West <
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        Date:   Sunday, 26 Oct 1997 19:44:39 PST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1070 Q : Eliz Accents

[3]     From:   Joseph Tate <
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        Date:   Sunday, 26 Oct 1997 22:35:45 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1073  Re: Elizabethan Accents

[4]     From:   Norm Holland <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Oct 97 07:51:50 EST
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From:           Richard A Burt <
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Date:           Sunday, 26 Oct 1997 22:25:09 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.1073  Re: Elizabethan Accents
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1073  Re: Elizabethan Accents

Does anyone happen to know of anything written on the value placed on
British as opposed to American accents in productions of Shakespeare?
(An account of why critics are interested in Elizabethan pronunciation
would presumably be a part such an article of articles (or book
chapters).

Best,
Richard

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From:           Kristie West <
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Date:           Sunday, 26 Oct 1997 19:44:39 PST
Subject: 8.1070 Q : Eliz Accents
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1070 Q : Eliz Accents

Dear all,

While reading Matthew Bibb's query regarding the place of accents when
performing/producing Shakespeare, my mind immediately turned to a
production of Measure for Measure which I saw a couple of months ago
here in Sydney. My boyfriend, who until then professed to hate the Bard
enjoyed the performance as it was done wholly in a broad Australian
accent! He said that he half expected them to say G'Day mate as a part
of the script.

I guess what I'm saying is that we maybe shouldn't be too puritanical in
approaches to Shakespeare, and if the dropping of British accents in
favour of local accents helps to make the plays more accessible, then
more power to you!

I would also direct you to seek out any opinions on the recent "Festival
of the Dreaming" production of MND, which was performed by an
exclusively Australian Aborigine/Torres Strait Islander cast. I'm sure
that they would have some interesting remarks to make about accents in
their interpretation and performance of the play. A starting point might
be a Sydney 2000 website or you could try trawling through the archives
of the Sydney Morning Herald(www.smh.com.au)

Good luck,
Kris
University of Sydney.

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From:           Joseph Tate <
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Date:           Sunday, 26 Oct 1997 22:35:45 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 8.1073  Re: Elizabethan Accents
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1073  Re: Elizabethan Accents

Why has the desire to have "authentic" early modern music instruments in
the theatre not carried over into a desire to hear an Elizabethan
accent? Have market forces dictated that we keep the language
modernized?

Has anyone tried such a production? using Elizabethan accents
throughout?

Joseph Tate
Univ. of Washington

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From:           Norm Holland <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Oct 97 07:51:50 EST
Subject: 8.1073  Re: Elizabethan Accents
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1073  Re: Elizabethan Accents

Re: Elizabethan accents.

I remember from forty years ago, Helge K:okeritz' book on Shakespearean
pronunciation.  He was a historical linguist (Yale), and his work was
then regarded as definitive.  Has he been disproved, or simply
forgotten?  As I practiced the sounds he described, they came out as an
Irish (not Scottish) brogue.                  --Best, Norm Holland

P.S.  That's Kokeritz with an umlaut over the o.  If I remember
correctly.  No books with me at the moment.  N.
 

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