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Vergleiche
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0478  Thursday, 13 March 2003

From:           Graham Hal <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Mar 2003 21:11:07 +0000
Subject:        Vergleiche

Does anyone know if other nationalities employ theatrical convention in
respect of accents when performing Shakespeare in their own language?
The Germans come to mind, z.B., being a nation that has an admirable
record of Shakespearean activity. Do servants and messengers effect a
Plattdeutsch and utilise a Bavarian accent and the nobility Hochdeutsch
with Lautverschiebung?

Reading in translation provides no real clue. Which raises a secondary
question. Any recommended recordings available?

Best,
Graham Hall

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