The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0787. Saturday, 26 July 1997.
Date: Tuesday, 22 Jul 1997 14:36:30 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Re: Shakespeare's Language - Request for Suggestions
I have been contracted by a publisher to write a chapter (c7000 words)
on Shakespeare's language for a companion to Shakespeare studies aimed
My intention is that this will be a discursive account of Early Modern
English, and Shakespeare's place within it - so I'll be trying to
contextualise both EModE, and Shakespeare. If I can, I want to avoid
producing just a list of weird things Shakespeare does with the
language, and end up instead with an overview of what makes EModE
different from Present-day English, and within that what marks
Shakespeare out from other EModE users.
I have a fairly clear idea of how I want to go about this, and am about
to write a first draft. However, I'd be interested to hear any pleas or
suggestions for things people would find useful in such a chapter -
which I'll consider for inclusion in a second draft. Please reply
either directly to me, and I'll summarise (though not till September),
or to the whole list.
A final point: I'm a historical linguist, and the chapter will be
linguistic in approach. Other chapters will cover related issues like
rhetoric, versification, printing, reading and so on.
Thanks in anticipation,