The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1726  Tuesday, 12 September 2000.

From:           Peter T. Hadorn <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 11 Sep 2000 13:28:05 -0500
Subject:        Shakespeare's Use of Dialect

A student in class last week said that he had heard that Shakespeare
made no use of various English dialects in his plays.  With Fluellen,
Jamy, and Macmorris in "Henry V" springing to mind I quickly said that
he was mistaken, but I thought I'd put it to the list to get a more
informed opinion on the matter.

I would think that those plays that are set in foreign lands would
naturally be irrelevant here; that makes the history plays and
(perhaps?) "Cymbeline," "Lear," "Merry Wives," and "Macbeth" the only
places where various English dialects could be applicable.

Any opinions?

Peter Hadorn
University of Wisconsin-Platteville

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