The Language of Early English Literature

The Language of Early English Literature

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How did the English language change from the Old to the Early Modern period? What effect do linguistic and stylistic choices have on a text? Why is it important to consider linguistic features together in a work? The grammar and vocabulary of the English language changed dramatically between the Old and Early Modern periods. These changes in language usage are explored in The Language of Early English Literature by examining the effect of authors' linguistic choices on the descriptions of characters, events, and situations. Written with today's undergraduate student in mind, this textbook is a highly rewarding guide to the rich history of the English language and literature. The Language of Early English Literature: a€c provides detailed explanations of linguistic features, such as word formation, phrase structure, syntax, and semantics a€c analyses a wide range of texts from Old English, Middle English and Early Modern English, and establishes comparisons with works written in other languages a€c includes an invaluable glossary and an extensive bibliography... boldly, to strike a stroke for another, I will give him as my gift this precious battle -axe, this axe, which is heavy enough, to handle as he pleases, ... Unfortunately, Gawain does not fare much better in the exchange game that he is asked to play at Bertilaka#39;s castle.5 2.2 Conscious semantic ... 4 On the poema#39;s sources, where there is a clearer reference to a game involving beheading, see Benson (1961b).

Title:The Language of Early English Literature
Author:Sara Pons-Sanz
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-01-31


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