Ix (alpha_orionis_v) wrote in linguaphiles,

Syntax and Grammar of Early Modern English

Quick intro, I'm in the process of writing a novel set during the third English Civil War, and I want the dialogue to feel real (I noticed you have tags on Middle English, but that's too early for what I need). I've been told to read literature printed during that time, but I find that the issue with reading literature is that literature isn't written the way people speak, a lot of the time. There aren't a whole lot of pronouns, and verb conjugation is almost always the same tense.

Since it's the dialogue I'm wanting to get right, what I feel like I need are actual grammar lessons. Unfortunately, all I've found like that has been books available only through university libraries.

Is there anything like what I'm looking for available to the general public? Thanks :)

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