The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0787.  Saturday, 26 July 1997.

From:           Jonathan Hope <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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
at undergraduates.

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,
Jonathan Hope
Middlesex University

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