A Grammar Of Shakespeare's Language

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Shakespeare's language is a surprisingly neglected topic. An understanding of how his language works is fundamental to appreciating every aspect of his work. This first comprehensive study since the 19th century provides a detailed analysis of the grammar of Shakespeare's language. Steering clear of linguistic jargon, it includes not only traditional features such as the make-up of clauses and differing parts of speech, but also language used in various forms of discourse.

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"...a handy tool for all readers of Shakespeare, particularly those who find that a good deal of the editorial commentary generally offered fails to provide the kind of information on language which the reader really needs. One of the assets of this book is that, other than basic notions of traditional grammar, no previous linguistic knowledge is required, since the author provides definitions of linguistic categories and notions whenever possible. A Grammar of Shakespeare's Language doubles as a book to read from cover to cover and as a reference guide to particular language issues in the plays and poems." - Clara Calvo, The European English Messenger

Concerned primarily with what modern grammatical studies term text grammar, Blake (De Montfort U., Leicester) parses the way clauses are organized to create larger language patterns as well as the syntax and morphology of Shakespeare's sometimes ungrammatical clauses. After introducing the texts' linguistic background, he relies on Wells and Taylor (1988) for referencing to the texts in discussions of the noun group; verb group; adverbials and parts of speech with like functions; concord, negation, ellipsis, and repetition; clause and sentence structure; discourse strategies; and the cooperative principle in pragmatics. While avoiding questions of authorship and interpretation, Blake occasionally points out passages that might be misunderstood in modern editions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333725900
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

N. F. Blake was Chair of English Language at the University of Sheffield until his retirement in 1999. He is currently a Research Professor at De Montfort University, Leicester. He has written on many topics in English Language and his extensive output on Shakespeare includes The Language of Shakespeare.

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Table of Contents

The Linguistic Background
The Noun Group
The Verb Group
Adverbials, Interjections, Conjunctions and Prepositions
Concord, Negation, Repetition, and Ellipsis
Clause Organisation and Sentence Types
Discourse Markers

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