The Making of Chaucers English: A Study of Words by Christopher CannonThe Making of Chaucers English: A Study of Words by Christopher Cannon

The Making of Chaucers English: A Study of Words

byChristopher CannonEditorAlastair Minnis, Patrick Boyde

Paperback | November 10, 2005

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This book is a study of Chaucer's words. It describes how these words became evidence for calling Chaucer the "father of English poetry" but, also, why that label is wrong. It shows that Chaucer's language is, in fact, traditional and argues that his linguistic innovation was as much performance as fact. It provides a thorough history of every one of Chaucer's words and maps the origins and patterns of use that have made these words so compelling for six hundred years.
Title:The Making of Chaucers English: A Study of WordsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:452 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.02 inPublished:November 10, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521022673

ISBN - 13:9780521022675

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. A Study of Words: 1. The making of English and the English of Chaucer; 2. Traditional English; 3. The development of Chaucer's English; 4. Invented English; 5. The myth of origin and the making of Chaucer's English; Part II. Words Studied: Chaucer's Writings; Chaucer's words.

Editorial Reviews

"...arguments in the book..succeed well in reading philology through a postmodern lens." Speculum