The Language of the Chaucer Tradition

The Language of the Chaucer Tradition

Simon Horobin

Hardback
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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

A study of the language of Chaucerian manuscripts, printed editions and Chaucer's 15th century followers.
Winner of the 2005 Beatrice White Prize for outstanding scholarly work in the field of English literature before 1590
The manuscript copies of Chaucer's works preserve valuable information concerning Chaucer's linguistic practices and the ways in which scribes responded to these. This book draws on recent developments in Middle English dialectology, textual criticism and the application of computers to manuscript studies to assess the evidence Chaucerian manuscripts provide for reconstructing Chaucer's own language and his linguistic environment. This book considers how scribes, editors and Chaucerian poets transmitted and updated Chaucer's language and the implications of this for our understanding of Chaucerian book production and reception, and the processes of linguistic change in the fifteenth century.
Winner of the 2005 Beatrice White Prize for outstanding scholarly work in the field of English literature before 1590
SIMON HOROBIN lectures on English language at the University of Glasgow.

Details

May 2003
192 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Chaucer Studies
ISBN: 9780859917803
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC CF, 1DBKE, 3H, 4P
BISAC LIT004120, LIT011000
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(An) excellent and accessible monograph.... Essential reading for anyone interested in rewriting the history of English. JOURNAL OF THE EARLY BOOK SOCIETY
Detailed and meticulously researched MEDIUM AEVUM
Essential reading for those specializing in either the history of English or Chaucer's language. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW
Valuable and well-researched. SPECULUM

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Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

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