The Language of the Chaucer Tradition

The Language of the Chaucer Tradition

by Simon Horobin
     
 
The manuscript copies of Chaucer's works preserve valuable information concerning Chaucer's linguistic practices and the ways in which scribes responded to these. This book draws on recent developments in Middle English dialectology, textual criticism and the application of computers to manuscript studies to assess the evidence Chaucerian manuscripts provide for

Overview

The manuscript copies of Chaucer's works preserve valuable information concerning Chaucer's linguistic practices and the ways in which scribes responded to these. This book draws on recent developments in Middle English dialectology, textual criticism and the application of computers to manuscript studies to assess the evidence Chaucerian manuscripts provide for reconstructing Chaucer's own language and his linguistic environment. This book considers how scribes, editors and Chaucerian poets transmitted and updated Chaucer's language and the implications of this for our understanding of Chaucerian book production and reception, and the processes of linguistic change in the fifteenth century. Winner of the 2005 Beatrice White Prize for outstanding scholarly work in the field of English literature before 1590 SIMON HOROBIN lectures on English language at the University of Glasgow.

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From the Publisher
(An) excellent and accessible monograph.... Essential reading for anyone interested in rewriting the history of English. JOURNAL OF THE EARLY BOOK SOCIETY Detailed and meticulously researched MEDIUM AEVUM Essential reading for those specializing in either the history of English or Chaucer's language. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW Valuable and well-researched. SPECULUM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859917803
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Series:
Chaucer Studies, #32
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

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Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

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