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Title:
A grammar of Shakespeare's language
Author:
Blake, N. F. (Norman Francis)
Publication Information:
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xvi, 406 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780333725900

9780333725917
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Book

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Summary

Shakespeare's language is a surprisingly neglected topic. An understanding of how his language works is fundamental to appreciating every aspect of his work. This first comprehensive study since the 19th century provides a detailed analysis of the grammar of Shakespeare's language. Steering clear of linguistic jargon, it includes not only traditional features such as the make-up of clauses and differing parts of speech, but also language used in various forms of discourse.


Author Notes

N. F. Blake was Chair of English Language at the University of Sheffield until his retirement in 1999. He is currently a Research Professor at De Montfort University, Leicester.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiv
1 Introductionp. 1
1.1 The texts and their backgroundp. 1
1.2 Studies of Shakespeare's languagep. 7
1.3 This grammarp. 14
2 The Linguistic Backgroundp. 15
2.1 The general backgroundp. 15
2.2 Punctuationp. 22
2.3 Spellingp. 30
3 The Noun Groupp. 34
3.1 The noun group and its partsp. 34
3.2 Morphologyp. 35
3.3 Structure and usep. 48
4 The Verb Groupp. 87
4.1 The verb group and its partsp. 87
4.2 Morphologyp. 88
4.3 Function and usep. 103
4.4 Verb typesp. 139
5 Adverbials, Interjections, Conjunctions and Prepositionsp. 148
5.1 Adverbialsp. 149
5.2 Interjectionsp. 163
5.3 Conjunctionsp. 165
5.4 Prepositionsp. 177
6 Concord, Negation, Ellipsis and Repetitionp. 201
6.1 Concordp. 201
6.2 Negationp. 206
6.3 Ellipsisp. 216
6.4 Repetitionp. 229
7 Clause Organisation and Sentence Structurep. 233
7.1 Declarativep. 233
7.2 Imperativep. 247
7.3 Interrogativep. 252
7.4 Exclamatoryp. 255
7.5 Sentence structurep. 256
7.6 Unusual structuresp. 267
8 Discourse and Registerp. 271
8.1 Forms of addressp. 271
8.2 Conversational strategiesp. 283
8.3 Discourse markersp. 290
8.4 Ideolects and registersp. 300
9 Pragmaticsp. 304
9.1 The co-operative principlep. 304
9.2 Discourse and classp. 317
9.3 Politeness theoryp. 320
10 Conclusionp. 326
10.1 Shakespeare's languagep. 326
10.2 Editingp. 331
10.3 Conclusionp. 344
Bibliographyp. 345
Indexp. 362
Generalp. 362
Wordsp. 387