Not know my voice? Shakespeare corrected: english perfected – theories of language from the middle ages to modernity

Jonathan Hope

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Shakespeare inherited his understanding of 'language' from the Middle Ages. In the seventeenth century, our very different modern understanding is established. Yet Shakespeare, as a touchstone of modernity, has to be presented as sharing ourlinguistic conceptions. I argue that our treatment of Shakespeare, language, and modernity, is contradictory and highly problematic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedieval Shakespeare
Subtitle of host publicationpasts and presents
EditorsRuth Morse, Helen Cooper, Peter Holland
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781107016279
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2013


  • shakespeare
  • shakespeare's language
  • linguistics
  • history of grammar

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