A bit of dialogue spoken in the English of various centuries. Sound files from Melinda Menzer of Furman University, now hosted on the Internet Archive.

Cole is the conservative speaker; Alice is the advanced speaker.

Cole: Is that thy child?

Alice: Yea, her name is Ann.

Cole: A good and holy name.

Alice: Soon she will be three years of age.

Cole: Will she speak to me?

Alice: Yea, she speaks wonderfully loud.

Middle English | 1450-1550 | 1550-1650 | 1650-1750 |