The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0876 Wednesday, 4 October 2006
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?
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