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Re: The Language of Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2163  Tuesday, 7 December 1999.

From:           Martin Jukovsky <
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Date:           Monday, 6 Dec 1999 14:43:09 -0500
Subject: 10.2112 The Language of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2112 The Language of Shakespeare

>I am quite interesting in Shakespeare's play, and I would like to know
>whether you have some information about the language of Shakespeare in
>plays such as Henry IV. I am particularly analysing the first part of
>Henry IV, and all the things related to syntax, semantics, phonology,
>graphology and morphology in that part.  Do you know where I could find
>some information related to that?
>
>Thank you very much.
>Frank (from Spain).

I highly recommend A SHAKESPEARIAN GRAMMAR by E.A, Abbott (the author of
FLATLAND).  The third, revised edition was published in 1870, and Dover
Publications, in New York City, reprinted it in paperback in 1966.  It
is 511 pages.  Unfortunately, the Dover is way out of print.  It's worth
a diligent search through used bookstores to find it (I have).

As Abbott says in the Preface to the first edition, "The object of this
work is to furnish students of Shakespeare and Bacon with a short
systematic account of some points of difference between Elizabethan
syntax and our own."

Martin Jukovsky
Cambridge, Mass.


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