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.
|Title of host publication||Medieval Shakespeare|
|Subtitle of host publication||pasts and presents|
|Editors||Ruth Morse, Helen Cooper, Peter Holland|
|Place of Publication||Cambridge|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Feb 2013|
- shakespeare's language
- history of grammar
Hope, J. (2013). Not know my voice? Shakespeare corrected: english perfected – theories of language from the middle ages to modernity. In R. Morse, H. Cooper, & P. Holland (Eds.), Medieval Shakespeare: pasts and presents (pp. 78-97). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.