I am interested in finding a present-day pronunciation that I could point to as close to that which was spoken in Shakespeare's era, much as if I were directing one of Shakespeare's plays and were advising performers. I am not seeking information about vocabulary, syntax, or grammar.

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    Check out the transcriptions in Gòˆrlach's Early Modern English. From my ear, they sound a lot like a strong modern Irish accent. May 23, 2023 at 16:41
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    However interesting this post may potentially be, it is possibly too broad for our format. You might try asking for a phonetic guide to Elizabethan English, but that will probably end up in meta, where other similar posts usually get migrated to. May 23, 2023 at 16:41
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    Pose this question on YouTube. There's a wealth of videos addressing it.
    – user862888
    May 23, 2023 at 17:22
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    An answer here (a reference for Elizabethan pronunciation, would be a very welcome addition to our ELU meta reference guide.
    – Mitch
    May 24, 2023 at 14:53
  • Here's a Wikipedia on the topic. May 28, 2023 at 14:28
  • There has been plenty of research on this topic, as well as many popular articles. (For example: bbc.com/culture/article/… or npr.org/2012/03/24/149160526/…) Have you tried looking for information yourself? May 31, 2023 at 2:21

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You could certainly do worse than consulting David Crystal's The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation.

The book has a companion website where you can listen to recordings and stuff like that.

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