Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Language of the Text

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Burnley
      Pages 3-9
    3. David Burnley
      Pages 10-38
    4. David Burnley
      Pages 39-58
    5. David Burnley
      Pages 59-75
    6. David Burnley
      Pages 76-99
  3. Variation, Context, and Style

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. David Burnley
      Pages 103-107
    3. David Burnley
      Pages 108-132
    4. David Burnley
      Pages 133-155
    5. David Burnley
      Pages 156-176
    6. David Burnley
      Pages 177-200
    7. David Burnley
      Pages 201-226
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 227-264

About this book


In this book David Burnley demonstrates that an understanding of Chaucer's social, cultural, and literary world is vital to our understanding of his language and meaning. The first part of the book, drawing on modern linguistics, concentrates on the text and on approaches to interpreting the poet's grammar and syntax. The second part treats Chaucer's language and vocabulary in its broader contemporary context, dealing with language use, style and variety.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1983
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-49780-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-19997-6
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