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 |