Assuming no previous linguistic knowledge, students are introduced to Chaucer's language in the original. Basic linguistic concepts are explained, and the differences between Chaucer's language and modern English are highlighted. Close analysis and comparison with other writers show how Chaucer used the variety of English to achieve poetic effects.
Students are introduced to Chaucer's language and the importance of reading Chaucer in the original, rather than modern translation. The book leads students through basic linguistic concepts with appropriate explanation, highlighting how Chaucer's language differs from present-day English.
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'A well-written and informative book.' - Robert Boenig, Texas A&M University, USA 'The book is accessibly written and presented, but also maintains rigorous standards of scholarship, and is informed by the most recent research...This will be a valuable teaching and reference tool for courses on Chaucer, Middle English language and literature, and history of the English language, but is also of interest to the general reader.' - Medium Evum
About Simon Horobin
SIMON HOROBIN is Lecturer in English Language at the University of Glasgow.
Table of Contents
Preface Abbreviations Why Study Chaucer's Language? Writing in English What was Middle English? Spelling and Pronunciation Vocabulary Grammar Language and Style Discourse and Pragmatics Sample Texts Glossary of Linguistic Terminology Bibliography Index
Chaucer's Language by Simon Horobin
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