Words that Matter: Linguistic Perception in Renaissance English
The grammar and rhetoric of Tudor and Stuart England prioritized words and word-like figures rather than sentences, a prioritizing that had significant consequences for linguistic representation. Examining a wide range of historical sources--treatises, grammars, poems, plays, rhetorics, logics, dictionaries, and sermons--the author investigates how words matter as currency or memento, graphic symbol or template, icon or topos.
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