New PDF release: The Making of Chaucer's English: A Study of Words (Cambridge

By Christopher Cannon

The Making of Chaucer's English undertakes a considerable reappraisal of where Chaucer's English occupies within the historical past of the English language and the language of English literature. It assaults the common presumption that Chaucer invented literary English and argues in its place that Chaucer's English is usually conventional. It exhibits that Chaucer's linguistic innovation was once as a lot functionality as truth, however it additionally strains the linguistic concepts that made (and make) the functionality of 'originality' so plausible. additionally it is a priceless heritage of each be aware Chaucer makes use of. The booklet additionally interrogates the speculation and technique of historicising languages, so while it explores how Chaucer's phrases subject, it additionally questions why those specific phrases have got such significance for poets and students alike for six hundred years.

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