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THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
DESCRIPTION OF THE TEXTS TEXTS I Captain Thomas Stukeley 15961605
Sir John Oldcastle 15991600
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appears bilingual called century common consonant dear dialects difficult diphthong Dobson doubt Dublin earlier early effect England evidence expected explain fact final Fingallian front vowels Gaelic give hand Hiberno-English indicate influence initial instances Ireland Irish Irish words Irishman John kind King known language later long vowel loss Manx meaning Middle never non-standard spellings normal oaths occurs origin palatal Patrick perhaps period phonemes phrase play possible present printed probably pronunciation recorded referred reflect remained replaced represent rhyme scene seems seventeenth century short shortening significance similar sounds speak speaker speech spelling Standard English stress suggest sweet tell texts Thomas unvoicing usage variety verb viii voiced vowel writers written xvii xviii xxiv xxvi xxvii