Quoting Speech in Early English

Quoting Speech in Early English

by Colette Moore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521199085

ISBN-13: 9780521199087

Pub. Date: 02/28/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Before quotation marks became widespread convention, English texts were organized more fluidly, employing varying lexical and textual strategies for marking represented discourse. When we add our present-day quotation marks to editions of Middle English texts, we also overlay our modern interpretation of speech representation, with its expectations of faithful

Overview

Before quotation marks became widespread convention, English texts were organized more fluidly, employing varying lexical and textual strategies for marking represented discourse. When we add our present-day quotation marks to editions of Middle English texts, we also overlay our modern interpretation of speech representation, with its expectations of faithful reporting and carefully delineated voices. In doing so, we mask the less-determined nature of early speech marking, and obscure the ways that its plasticity functions as a narrative and stylistic tool. This book provides the first full study of speech representation in pre-modern English. Studying the pragmatic and discourse strategies of English texts from 1350-1600 is essential to reading Middle English works and to understanding the cultural assumptions implicit in the production of early written texts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521199087
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Series:
Studies in English Language Series
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Methods of marking speech; 2. Interpreting reported speech: defamation depositions, sermons, chronicles; 3. Reported speech in literary texts: stylistic implications; Conclusion: pragmatic palimpsests; Appendices; Works cited; Index.

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