Sunday School: The Great Vowel Shift
This story originally aired on February 3, 2013.
If you have ever wondered why there seems to be no semblance of order to the way English words are spelled or pronounced, there is a logical explanation.
It's called the Great Vowel Shift.
"Between the years 1400 and 1700, certain English vowels moved up and then the highest ones moved down," explained Jack Chambers.
"And as it's a shame because the spelling system had just been stabilized before that happened."
Chambers is a professor of linguistics at the University of Toronto. He spoke with Michael Enright of The Sunday Edition about how The Great Vowel Shift changed the English language.
Click 'listen' above to hear the full interview.