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A Grammar of Shakespeare's Language - Norman Blake

A Grammar of Shakespeare's Language

Paperback Published: 7th November 2001
ISBN: 9780333725917
Number Of Pages: 432

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When you read Shakespeare or watch a performance of one of his plays, do you find yourself wondering what it was he actually meant? Do you consult modern editions of Shakespeare's plays only to find that your questions still remain unanswered?

A Grammar of Shakespeare's Language, the first comprehensive grammar of Shakespeare's language for over one hundred years, will help you find out exactly what Shakespeare meant.
Steering clear of linguistic jargon, Professor Blake provides a detailed analysis of Shakespeare's language. He includes accounts of the morphology and syntax of different parts of speech, as well as highlighting features such as concord, negation, repetition and ellipsis. He treats not only traditional features such as the make-up of clauses, but also how language is used in various forms of conversational exchange, such as forms of address, discourse markers, greetings and farewells. This book will help you to understand much that may have previously seemed difficult or incomprehensible, thus enhancing your enjoyment of his plays.

'...a handy tool for all readers of Shakespeare, particularly those who find that a good deal of the editorial commentary generally offered fails to provide the kind of information on language which the reader really needs. One of the assets of this book is that, other than basic notions of traditional grammar, no previous linguistic knowledge is required, since the author provides definitions of linguistic categories and notions whenever possible. A Grammar of Shakespeare's Language doubles as a book to read from cover to cover and as a reference guide to particular language issues in the plays and poems.' - Clara Calvo, The European English Messenger 'A thorough and well-organized account which throws fresh light on many aspects of Shakespeare's language...a lucid and remarkably labout of discrimination and attention to detail ...a most important reference resource, which ought to be in the library of every serious Shakespearian.' - Brian Vickers, The Review of English Studies

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
The texts and their backgroundp. 1
Studies of Shakespeare's languagep. 7
This grammarp. 14
The Linguistic Backgroundp. 15
The general backgroundp. 15
Punctuationp. 22
Spellingp. 30
The Noun Groupp. 34
The noun group and its partsp. 34
Morphologyp. 35
Structure and usep. 48
The Verb Groupp. 87
The verb group and its partsp. 87
Morphologyp. 88
Function and usep. 103
Verb typesp. 139
Adverbials, Interjections, Conjunctions and Prepositionsp. 148
Adverbialsp. 149
Interjectionsp. 163
Conjunctionsp. 165
Prepositionsp. 177
Concord, Negation, Ellipsis and Repetitionp. 201
Concordp. 201
Negationp. 206
Ellipsisp. 216
Repetitionp. 229
Clause Organisation and Sentence Structurep. 233
Declarativep. 233
Imperativep. 247
Interrogativep. 252
Exclamatoryp. 255
Sentence structurep. 256
Unusual structuresp. 267
Discourse and Registerp. 271
Forms of addressp. 271
Conversational strategiesp. 283
Discourse markersp. 290
Ideolects and registersp. 300
Pragmaticsp. 304
The co-operative principlep. 304
Discourse and classp. 317
Politeness theoryp. 320
Conclusionp. 326
Shakespeare's languagep. 326
Editingp. 331
Conclusionp. 344
Bibliographyp. 345
Indexp. 362
Generalp. 362
Wordsp. 387
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ISBN: 9780333725917
ISBN-10: 0333725913
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 7th November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1