Think On My Words: Exploring Shakespeare's Language (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 21, 2008 - Literary Criticism
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'You speak a language that I understand not.' Hermione's words to Leontes in The Winter's Tale are likely to ring true with many people reading or watching Shakespeare's plays today. For decades, people have been studying Shakespeare's life and times, and in recent years there has been a renewed surge of interest into aspects of his language. So how can we better understand Shakespeare? How did he manipulate language to produce such an unrivalled body of work, which has enthralled generations both as theatre and as literature? David Crystal addresses these and many other questions in this lively and original introduction to Shakespeare's language. Covering in turn the five main dimensions of language structure - writing system, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and conversational style - the book shows how examining these linguistic 'nuts and bolts' can help us achieve a greater appreciation of Shakespeare's linguistic creativity.
  

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User Review  - Roger_Scoppie - LibraryThing

A lively introduction to Shakespeare's language, creating a greater appreciation of his linguistic creativity. Read full review

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User Review  - Helen Mears - Goodreads

I just loved this book. I learnt lots of interesting things about Shakespeare's language which is all I wanted to do! Read full review

Contents

myths and realities
1
Now sir what is your text? Knowing the sources
22
Shakespearean graphology
42
Shakespearean punctuation
64
Shakespearean phonology
100
Shakespearean pronunciation
125
Shakespearean vocabulary
146
Shakespearean grammar
178
Shakespearean conversation
207
Shakespearean creativity
230
An AtoZ of Shakespeares false friends
234
Notes
245
References and further reading
247
Index
249
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About the author (2008)

David Crystal is a writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster. He is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bangor.

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