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

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

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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, why 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

Introduction; Part I. A Study of Words: 1. The making of English and the English of Chaucer; 2. Traditional English; 3. The development of Chaucer's English; 4. Invented English; 5. The myth of origin and the making of Chaucer's English; Part II. Words Studied: Chaucer's writings; Chaucer's words.

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