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Shaw fails to take into account the more complex ways in which spelling indicates pronunciation, such as by the position of letters in a word. SPELLINGS AND SPEECH SOUNDS Construct an attack on Shaw's claim. What evidence can you give to support the claim that ghoti should be pronounced 'goaty'and not like fish? 5 (a) Many of the final -es on words are remnants of old grammatical endings, and were pronounced as a 'schwa' (a short vowel sound, as in the first phoneme of the word about). Towards the end of the Middle English period these final -es ceased to be pronounced.

There were also several thousand direct Latin borrowings into English, particularly towards the end of the Middle English period. g. scripture, client, conviction, library, scribe, dissolve, quadrant, medicine, ulcer). However, it was not until the Renaissance in the sixteenth century that borrowing from Latin took off. The Renaissance saw the development of new concepts and techniques, the flowering of the arts and sciences, as well as further exploration of the world. Much of this took place on the continent of Europe.

Amusing had the sense of 'capturing one's attention'; awful of 'being impressive, majestic (literally, full of awe)'; and artificial of 'being skilful, displaying art'. twelfth century thirteenth century coarse woollen cloth cloth covering tables or counters fourteenth century counting table fifteenth/sixteenth century writing table seventeenth century room containing the table people working in the room department agency CHANGING MEANINGS One specific way in which meaning can be transferred is through metaphor.

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