The Structure of Chaucer's Ambiguity by Yoshiyuki NakaoThe Structure of Chaucer's Ambiguity by Yoshiyuki Nakao

The Structure of Chaucer's Ambiguity

byYoshiyuki Nakao

Hardcover | November 29, 2012

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This book focuses on ambiguity in Troilus and Criseyde, one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s (1343?-1400) representative works. It examines systematically how and why ambiguity is likely to arise. After reviewing previous scholarship on ambiguity in Chaucer, the author proposes a new theoretical framework, «double prism structure», incorporating the most recent findings in the area of semantics, pragmatics, and cognitive linguistics together with medieval rhetoric and allegory. Using this framework the book examines ambiguity due to textual domains, interpersonal domains and linguistic domains. Ambiguity in Chaucer has not been studied in sufficient detail so far. The work opens new vistas for the study of the phenomenon.
Yoshiyuki Nakao is Professor of English language and linguistics at Hiroshima University (Japan). He received his MA at Hiroshima University and his PhD at Kyushu University. His present research interests concentrate on Chaucer’s language and literature, the history of English and stylistics.
Title:The Structure of Chaucer's AmbiguityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.98 inPublished:November 29, 2012Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3631624387

ISBN - 13:9783631624388


Table of Contents

Contents: Previous scholarship – Our point of view and method – Ambiguity in metatext – Ambiguity in intertextuality – Ambiguity in macro-textual structure – Ambiguity in reported speech – Ambiguity in discourse – Ambiguity in speaker’s intention – Ambiguity in modality – Ambiguity in syntax – Ambiguity in words – Ambiguity in voice.