2006

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0876  Wednesday, 4 October 2006

From: 		Mark Alexander <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, 3 Oct 2006 10:02:37 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 	New Screenplay

I am contemplating an idea for a screenplay with Shakespeare being 
transported to the modern day.  Sorry I can't reveal any more of the 
premise than that.  One of the themes involved revolves around the 
differences between the plain, ordinary, everyday Elizabethan language and 
the plain, ordinary, everyday language of today (in the US).

Do we know anything of the vernacular during Shakespeare's life?   If we 
recorded a conversation, what would it have been like?  How similar or 
different was it to the character's language in Shakespeare's plays?  Are 
the linguistic interactions between characters in his plays highly 
artificial or realistic?

Mark Alexander

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