See and Hear the GVS-2

8/25/00: This version of the applet has the code instructing the browser where to get the plug-in taken out.
This applet should be used by Mac-Internet Explorer users.  Mac-Netscape users, please click here to find out how to get the plug-in; you should use the regular applet at

How to Use the Great Vowel Shift Applet:
You will need a Java plug-in to run this applet.  The buttons on the left run the applet. You can study the GVS by Middle English phoneme or by step. If you want to know what happens to a particular long vowel, click on one of the phoneme buttons to see and hear it go through the shift. If you want to study a particular step of the shift, click on one of the step buttons. Note that you must click the Reset button between steps (or weird things will happen).

Warning!  Unfortunately, sometimes this applet can take over your sound card and keep you from hearing other sound files.  This is a problem we cannot fix from our end.   If this happens to you, you will need to shut down your browser and reopen it.  We hate this and apologize for the inconvenience.

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Copyleft © Melinda J. Menzer 2000
The Great Vowel Shift Applet copyleft © Geoffrey Mazeroff, Hayden Porter, and Melinda J. Menzer 2000