Alliterative Proverbs in Medieval England: Language Choice - download pdf or read online

By Susan E. Deskis

ISBN-10: 081421309X

ISBN-13: 9780814213094

Medieval England’s particular political and linguistic background contains a nice variety of major adjustments, the most disruptive of that have been occasioned by means of the Norman Conquest. The alliterative proverb, with roots in outdated English and persisted power in center English, serves as a special verbal icon permitting exploration of cultural stipulations either prior to and after the Conquest. As a sturdy but versatile shape, the proverb remained simply as very important within the 15th century because it used to be within the sixth.


The proverb has been an underutilized source in tracing the linguistic and highbrow cultures of the previous. Making the fullest use of this fabric, this learn, via Susan E. Deskis, is advanced in its blend of philology, paroemiology, literary heritage, and sociolinguistics, eventually achieving conclusions which are enlightening for either the literary and linguistic histories of medieval England. within the language ecology of britain from approximately 1100 to approximately 1500, the place English, French, and Latin compete to be used, alliterative proverbs are marked not just via the alternative of English because the language of expression but additionally simply because alliteration in heart English connotes a unsleeping connection to the previous. Alliterative Proverbs in Medieval England: Language selection and Literary Meaning explores how that connection is exploited in numerous literary genres from tuition texts and sermons to romances and cycle plays.

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