Think on My Words Exploring Shakespeare's Language
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Description: You speak a language that I understand not. Hermiones words to Leontes in The Winters Tale are likely to ring true with many people reading or watching Shakespeares plays today. For decades, people have been studying Shakespeares 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 unrivalled body of work, which has enthralled generations both as theatre and as literature? David Crystal addresses these and many other questions in this lively and original introduction to Shakespeares 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 Shakespeares linguistic creativity.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/21/2008
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
|List of figures and tables|
|'You speak a language that I understand not': myths and realities|
|The quantity myth|
|The invention myth|
|The translation myth|
|The style myth|
|'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|
|The way they said it|
|'Trippingly upon the tongue': Shakespearean pronunciation|
|'Think on my words': Shakespearean vocabulary|
|Old and new words|
|'Talk of a noun and a verb': Shakespearean grammar|
|Similarities and differences|
|'Hear sweet discourse': Shakespearean conversation|
|Verse and prose|
|Metre in discourse|
|Varieties of language|
|A legal example|
|Epilogue - 'Your daring tongue': Shakespearean creativity|
|An A-to-Z of Shakespeare's false friends|
|References and further reading|