Simon Roper: the 23-year-old reconstructing the past for millions of online viewers

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How did Londoners speak in the 1300s? A video by Simon Roper gives you a glimpse at how the London accent evolved over time. Roper has many videos with millions of views tackling old accents and everyday language on his YouTube channel, his most popular one being an imaginary conversation between an Anglo-Saxon and a Norseman. To make his videos, Roper analyses poetry from the time and reconstructs how the language might’ve sounded based on which words were used to rhyme with each other. Read full article here

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