Broken English: Dialects and Politics of Language in Renaissance English (BOK)

Paula Blank

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The English language in the Renaissance was in many ways a collection of competing Englishes. Paula Blank investigates the representation of alternative vernaculars - the dialects of early modern English - in both linguistic and literary works of the period. Blank argues that Renaissance authors such as Spenser, Shakespeare and Jonson helped to construct the idea of a national language, variously known as 'true' English or 'pure' English or the 'King's English', by distinguishing its dialects - and sometimes by creating those dialects themselves. Broken English reveals how the Renaissance 'invention' of dialect forged modern alliances of language and cultural authority. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of Renaissance studies and Renaissance English literature. It will also make fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in the history of English language.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 1996 Forfatter Paula Blank
Forlag
BERTRAMS PRINT ON DEMAND
ISBN 9780415137799
Antall sider 220 Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 1,4cm
Vekt 478 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Dialect, slang & jargon