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Re: Parallel Texts
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1173  Tuesday, 22 May 2001

[1]     From:   Peter Groves <
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        Date:   Saturday, 19 May 2001 10:22:46 +1000
        Subj:   Re: Peter Brook's Hamlet and Parallel Texts

[2]     From:   Jadwiga Krupski <
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        Date:   Saturday, 19 May 2001 08:46:07 -0400
        Subj:   Help with Parallel texts


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From:           Peter Groves <
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Date:           Saturday, 19 May 2001 10:22:46 +1000
Subject: 12.1152 Re: Peter Brook's Hamlet and Parallel Texts
Comment:        RE: SHK 12.1152 Re: Peter Brook's Hamlet and Parallel Texts

Larry Weiss wrote:

>I suspect, but cannot prove, that
> Shakespeare and other early modern writers are at least partly
> responsible for the fact that the language, which had altered rapidly
> over the previous two or three centuries, has evolved only glacially
> since then.  Other factors, of course, are near universal literacy and
> the ready availability of printed material.  I see no major reason to be
> concerned that these will so change over the next century or so that
> modern English will become a dead language; and until it does early
> modern English should remain comprehensible.

Yes: wide literacy puts a huge interial brake on language change.
Exactly the same span of time separates Chaucer and Dryden as separates
Dryden and us.

Peter Groves

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From:           Jadwiga Krupski <
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Date:           Saturday, 19 May 2001 08:46:07 -0400
Subject:        Help with Parallel texts

After a prolonged absence, I joined this discussion rather late. Since I
am working on an article related to this subject (I range myself on the
side of those who DO NOT consider Elizabethan English a foreign
language), I need some specifics on "parallel texts", such as titles,
authorship and publication data. Could a fellow list member kindly sent
me some of that information? Thanks in advance, Jadwiga Kruoski

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