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“Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounc’d it to you” (Hamlet)

Actor Ben Crystal recently gave a talk at the University of Reading about his work on the original pronunciation of Shakespeare’s language.

Ben has been working on original pronunciation with his father David Crystal, a renowned linguist who was previously Head of the Linguistics Department at the University of Reading.

Original pronunciation is what the pair believes to be how we would have originally heard people talking in Shakespeare’s England.  Ben stressed that now: “original pronunciation is a dead accent.» >

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