Topic Sentence 2: In the transformation of English language from Old English to Modern English, crucial changes have taken place in vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation which is illustrated by an analysis of these elements in 'Canterbury Tales' compared with Modern English equivalents.
Topic Sentence 3: "Several lexical practices transform Chaucer's traditional English into something that appears to be new and they are all interrelated..." and the most prominent lexical practices in Chaucer's traditional English relate to the development of English vocabulary. (Cannon, 91)
Topic Sentence 4: In the Text 81 from the 'Canterbury Tales' one finds several examples of the origins of the vocabulary and a comparison of the original Old English vocabulary and their Modern English equivalents proves how the vocabulary developed over ages.
The development of a language depends on several factors and one of the major elements in the development of a language has been vocabulary. The early Modern Period was transformative in nature and the renovation of English vocabulary from Old English to Modern English helped the progress of the language as a whole. The origin and development of English vocabulary from Old English to Modern English is illustrated by the analysis of Text 81 from 'Canterbury Tales'.