© 2002

A Grammar of Shakespeare’s Language

  • Authors
  • First comprehensive grammar of Shakespeare's language for many years
    User friendly by not using technical jargon and reveals common misunderstandings of the language
    Includes discourse analysis and a section on pragmatics of language in use
    Incorporates all recent research in this area

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. N. F. Blake
    Pages 1-14
  3. N. F. Blake
    Pages 15-33
  4. N. F. Blake
    Pages 34-86
  5. N. F. Blake
    Pages 87-147
  6. N. F. Blake
    Pages 201-232
  7. N. F. Blake
    Pages 233-270
  8. N. F. Blake
    Pages 271-303
  9. N. F. Blake
    Pages 304-325
  10. N. F. Blake
    Pages 326-344
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 345-406

About this book


When you read Shakespeare or watch a performance of one of his plays, do you find yourself wondering what it was he actually meant? Do you consult modern editions of Shakespeare's plays only to find that your questions still remain unanswered?

A Grammar of Shakespeare's Language, the first comprehensive grammar of Shakespeare's language for over one hundred years, will help you find out exactly what Shakespeare meant.
Steering clear of linguistic jargon, Professor Blake provides a detailed analysis of Shakespeare's language. He includes accounts of the morphology and syntax of different parts of speech, as well as highlighting features such as concord, negation, repetition and ellipsis. He treats not only traditional features such as the make-up of clauses, but also how language is used in various forms of conversational exchange, such as forms of address, discourse markers, greetings and farewells. This book will help you to understand much that may have previously seemed difficult or incomprehensible, thus enhancing your enjoyment of his plays.


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About the authors

N.F. BLAKE was Chair of English Language at the University of Sheffield until his retirement in 1999. He is currently a Research Professor at De Montfort University, Leicester. He has written on many topics in English Language and his extensive output on Shakespeare includes The Language of Shakespeare.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Grammar of Shakespeare’s Language
  • Authors Norman Blake
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-72590-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-72591-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4039-1915-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 432
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Grammar
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