May 1st, 2009

Che-aa

Learning more English

What ways can you recommend learning older versions of English?  Learning about Old English and Middle English could be interesting, but I'm more interested in learning about older versions of Modern English.  How did people talk in the late 19th or 16th centuries?  What are some good ways to learn about this?  I doubt there's any one good way, and I certainly wouldn't want to stick to a single source.  Old novels might be nice, but novels are rarely written as people speak.  Old treatises could be nice, but that's limiting language patterns largely to the wealthy and educated.  Newspapers could be another good source, maybe.

What sort of things would everyone out there recommend?