Sunday School: The Great Vowel Shift

Photo: Leo Reynolds

Photo: Leo Reynolds

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If you have ever wondered why there seems to be no semblance of logic to the way English words are spelled or pronounced, you might like to know that there is an explanation. It's just that Michael Enright has never really understood it. It's called The Great Vowel Shift, and that's the subject of today's Sunday School lesson.



Michael speaks to Jack Chambers, a professor of linguistics at the University of Toronto. Professor Chambers could just as easily deliver a lesson on the music of Miles Davis ... which some people find even more mysterious than The Great Vowel Shift.

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