The Making of Chaucer's English: A Study of Words

The Making of Chaucer's English: A Study of Words

by Christopher Cannon, Cannon Christopher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521022673

ISBN-13: 9780521022675

Pub. Date: 11/10/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is a study of Chaucer's words. It describes how these words became evidence for calling Chaucer the 'father of English poetry' but, also, how that label is wrong. It shows that Chaucer's language is, in fact, traditional and argues that his linguistic innovation was as much performance as fact. It provides a thorough history of every one of Chaucer's words…  See more details below

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This book is a study of Chaucer's words. It describes how these words became evidence for calling Chaucer the 'father of English poetry' but, also, how that label is wrong. It shows that Chaucer's language is, in fact, traditional and argues that his linguistic innovation was as much performance as fact. It provides a thorough history of every one of Chaucer's words and maps the origins and patterns of use that have made these words so compelling for six hundred years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521022675
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/10/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series, #39
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Note on texts and lexical references
Introduction1
Pt. 1The Study of Words7
1The making of English and the English of Chaucer9
2Traditional English48
3The development of Chaucer's English91
4Invented English136
5The myth of origin and the making of Chaucer's English179
Pt. 2Words Studied221
Chaucer's writings223
Chaucer's words226
References417
Index429

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