The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0590 Wednesday, 30 March 2005
Date: Tuesday, 29 Mar 2005 21:22:53 -0800
Subject: 16.0576 Shakespeare Statistics?
Comment: RE: SHK 16.0576 Shakespeare Statistics?
We are the ones who spend our time counting Shakespeare and writing our
book, Shakespeare by the Numbers. When Al Magary asks for semi-accurate
statistics on murders, battles, lewd acts, etc. in Shakespeare (SHK
16.0576) we can't help straining like greyhounds in the slips, even
though, in fact, we have never thought of counting such things.
On the other hand, we do have reams of statistics about the size of
Shakespeare's known and inferred vocabulary, the rates at which he
introduces new or rare words, how his coined words compare with those of
George Bush, and what his normal ranges are of grade level, feminine
endings, hyphenated compound words, enclitic microphrases, and 50 other
measurements which can distinguish him from others. All, we hope, will
be made manifest when the book is finished. In the meantime, I think it
is still not too late to order a copy of the Tennessee Law Review, Vol.
72 (2004) Who Wrote Shakespeare? symposium, which is loaded with
Shakespeare range statistics, but says very little about his vocabulary,
and nothing at all about the number of murders and battles. But it's a
steal for $13. Send $13 to
College of Law
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1505 West Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996-1810
and hope the issue has not been sent to the printer.
If anyone has actual answers to Al's questions, we would like to know;
it would make a cute footnote.
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