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Think on My Words Exploring Shakespeare's Language

ISBN-10: 1107617685
ISBN-13: 9781107617681
Edition: 2012
Authors: David Crystal
List price: $22.95
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Description: For decades, people have been studying Shakespeare's life and times, and in recent years there has been a renewed surge of interest in aspects of his language. So how can we better understand Shakespeare? David Crystal provides a lively and original  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/29/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 266
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

For decades, people have been studying Shakespeare's life and times, and in recent years there has been a renewed surge of interest in aspects of his language. So how can we better understand Shakespeare? David Crystal provides a lively and original introduction to Shakespeare's language, making his plays easily accessible to modern-day audiences. Covering the five main dimensions of language structure - writing system, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and conversational style - this book demonstrates how examining these linguistic 'nuts and bolts' can help us achieve a greater appreciation of Shakespeare's linguistic creativity.

'You speak a language that I understand not': myths and realities
'Now, sir, what is your text?': knowing the sources
'In print I found it': Shakespearean graphology
'Know my stops': Shakespearean punctuation
'Speak the speech': Shakespearean phonology
'Trippingly upon the tongue': Shakespearean pronunciation
'Think on my words': Shakespearean vocabulary
'Talk of a noun and a verb': Shakespearean grammar
'Hear sweet discourse': Shakespearean conversation
Epilogue: 'your daring tongue': Shakespearean creativity
Appendix: an A-to-Z of Shakespeare's false friends

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