The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0384  Thursday, 15 February 2001

From:           Werner Broennimann <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 15 Feb 2001 10:48:41 +0000
Subject:        I would unstate myself

Pervez Rizvi writes: "If someone could find, among Shakespeare's
hundreds of usages of 'state', one where he uses it to mean merely
'say', then we might be on to something."

Who would not sympathise with attempts to break the mould of
time-honoured explanations!  But of the 300-odd occurrences of "state"
and inflected forms in Shakespeare all are nouns, none are verbal.  WB

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