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Think on my Words
Exploring Shakespeare's Language



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  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107617681

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  • For decades, people have been studying Shakespeare's life and times and in recent years there has been a renewed surge of interest in aspects of his language. So how can we better understand Shakespeare? David Crystal provides a lively and original introduction to Shakespeare's language, making his plays easily accessible to modern-day audiences. Covering the five main dimensions of language structure - writing system, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and conversational style - this book demonstrates how examining these linguistic 'nuts and bolts' can help us achieve a greater appreciation of Shakespeare's linguistic creativity.

    • Explains clearly the terms required to understand Shakespeare's language, assuming no prior specialist knowledge
    • Includes many examples from Shakespeare's plays and poems, providing essential context for the reader
    • Contains a lively and original A-Z Appendix of Shakespeare's 'false friends' - words which seem familiar to us today, but in fact have a completely different meaning
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Here is a linguist [David Crystal] who knows not only how words work but how they work in theatre. Anyone who cares for Shakespeare will be informed and entertained by this intriguing and wide-ranging study.' Stanley Wells

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107617681
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 139 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'You speak a language that I understand not': myths and realities
    2. 'Now, sir, what is your text?': knowing the sources
    3. 'In print I found it': Shakespearean graphology
    4. 'Know my stops': Shakespearean punctuation
    5. 'Speak the speech': Shakespearean phonology
    6. 'Trippingly upon the tongue': Shakespearean pronunciation
    7. 'Think on my words': Shakespearean vocabulary
    8. 'Talk of a noun and a verb': Shakespearean grammar
    9. 'Hear sweet discourse': Shakespearean conversation
    Epilogue: 'your daring tongue': Shakespearean creativity
    Appendix: an A-to-Z of Shakespeare's false friends.

  • Author

    David Crystal

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