Think On My Words: Exploring Shakespeare's Language (Google eBook)
'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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Roger_Scoppie - LibraryThing
A lively introduction to Shakespeare's language, creating a greater appreciation of his linguistic creativity. Read full review
Review: Think On My Words: Exploring Shakespeare's LanguageUser 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
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