The making of Chaucer's English : a study of words

Christopher Cannon

The Making of Chaucer's English undertakes a substantial reappraisal of the place Chaucer's English occupies in the history of the English language and the language of English literature. It attacks the widespread presumption that Chaucer invented literary English and argues instead that Chaucer's English is generally traditional. It shows that Chaucer's linguistic innovation was as much performance as fact, but it also traces the linguistic strategies that made (and make) the performance of 'originality' so believable. It also includes a valuable history of every word Chaucer uses. The book also interrogates the theory and methodology of historicising languages, so even as it explores how Chaucer's words matter, it also questions why these particular words have acquired such importance for poets and scholars alike for 600 years.

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  • Introduction
  • Part I. A Study of Words: 1. The making of English and the English of Chaucer
  • 2. Traditional English
  • 3. The development of Chaucer's English
  • 4. Invented English
  • 5. The myth of origin and the making of Chaucer's English
  • Part II. Words Studied: Chaucer's Writings
  • Chaucer's words.

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書名 The making of Chaucer's English : a study of words
著作者等 Cannon, Christopher
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in medieval literature
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1998
ページ数 xiii, 435 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521592747
NCID BA39850211
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス