'Think on my Words’: Exploring Shakespeare’s Language

'Think on my Words’: Exploring Shakespeare’s Language

David Crystal
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'You speak a language that I understand not.' Hermione's words to Leontes in The Winter's Tale are likely to ring true with many people reading or watching Shakespeare's plays today. For decades, people have been studying Shakespeare's life and times, and in recent years there has been a renewed surge of interest into aspects of his language. So how can we better understand Shakespeare? How did he manipulate language to produce such an unrivaled body of work, which has enthralled generations both as theater and as literature? David Crystal addresses these and many other questions in this lively and original introduction to Shakespeare's language. Covering in turn the five main dimensions of language structure--writing system, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and conversational style--the book shows how examining these linguistic 'nuts and bolts' can help us achieve a greater appreciation of Shakespeare's linguistic creativity.
Year:
2008
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Language:
english
Pages:
268
ISBN 10:
051138887X
ISBN 13:
9780511388873
File:
PDF, 1.15 MB
IPFS:
CID , CID Blake2b
english, 2008
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