May 28, 2004

The great vow shift

For those of you who are planning to be in Philadelphia within the next few weeks, here's a short review (sent by Anna Papafragou to a local mailing list) of a play with a number of linguistic connections.

The Adrienne theater is now showing a play called 'Speech acts' written by
Claire Gleitman (Lila and Henry's daughter). This is a play about the
successful career and not-so-successful marriage of a female linguist. It
is a rare opportunity to see a play where the characters agonize over
giving LSA papers, academia, prescriptive grammar and the Great Vow
Shift (after all, the play is also about a troubled marriage). The play is
very funny - I saw it last night at the premiere and really enjoyed it.

For those of you who would like to see it, it is on Mondays,
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday nights, through June 18:

Adrienne Theatre
2030 Sansom St.
(ground floor, called "The Playroom").

Consider that 20-30 people a day visit our site to learn about wedding vowels, I'm surprised to learn that "great vow shift" is not in Google's index at the moment. Yes, I recognize that people who know what the Great Vowel Shift is also know how to spell it, but the same people tend to be fond of puns, and this is a good one.

Posted by Mark Liberman at May 28, 2004 12:38 PM