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eBook Think On My Words: Exploring Shakespeare's Language ePub

by David Crystal

  • ISBN: 0521700353
  • Category: History and Criticism
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: David Crystal
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Text is Free of Markings edition (March 3, 2008)
  • Pages: 266
  • ePub book: 1463 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1438 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 192


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Think on My Words book.

tions of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, Crystal illustrates Shakespeare’s developing. technique and increasing experimentation with structures and forms. to have a second goal in this book, to argue against the translation of Shakespeare.

Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. So how can we better understand Shakespeare?

Crystal, David, 1941-. Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-248) and index.

Crystal, David, 1941-. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press.

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'You speak a language that I understand not.' Hermione's words to Leontes in The Winter's Tale are likely to ring true with many people reading or watching Shakespeare's plays today. For decades, people have been studying Shakespeare's life and times, and in recent years there has been a renewed surge of interest into aspects of his language. So how can we better understand Shakespeare? How did he manipulate language to produce such an unrivaled body of work, which has enthralled generations both as theater and as literature? David Crystal addresses these and many other questions in this lively and original introduction to Shakespeare's language. Covering in turn the five main dimensions of language structure - writing system, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and conversational style - the book shows how examining these linguistic 'nuts and bolts' can help us achieve a greater appreciation of Shakespeare's linguistic creativity.


Majin Majin
Having studied linguistics, I'm sensitive to the way language works; the way words go together to arrive at a result. Any fan of Shakespeare knows that the result is stunning, and it's worth looking into how these words work together to create such masterpieces. David Crystal, a well-known British popularizer of language and linguistics, looks at the variegated elements of Shakespeare's words, from spelling and punctuation, to pronunciation and meter, from Shakespeare's coinages (not as many as we think), to his influences. You don't need to know anything about linguistics to understand this book; Crystal explains all the technical terms and concepts briefly and sufficiently, but if you do know about language, the book may interest you more. You won't find any criticism of the plays, or the Bard's style, in this book, but you will end up with a better appreciation of the many variables that fit together to make a Shakespeare play.
Elizabeth Elizabeth
As a Shakespeare fan and an admirer of David Crystal (try his fascinating survey on the English language, for example), I had high hopes for this book. I was looking for a combination of Mr. Crystal's scholarly and linguistic abilities with a close analysis of the language of the Bard, and while he delivers in that respect, the overall effect is inconclusive and unsatisfying.

The book is occupied with patterns of changing usage, typesetters' conventions, grammar in flux, etc., and its point seems to be that everything was in such a state of change that the variability you find in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and the like doesn't necessarily meaning anything. Fair enough, but I think those points could have been made in an essay.

On the other hand, Mr. Crystal does lead the reader through a careful, scholarly consideration of each of the topics, imparting a sense of what close textual analysis involves, and does give an excellent introduction to the difficulties in deciding upon an "authoritative" text (impossible), as well as the lack of significance of that problem.

If you really like Shakespeare and Crystal, check this out, but don't have great expectations.