- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Text is Free of Markings edition (March 3, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521700353
- ISBN-13: 978-0521700351
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,897,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Think On My Words: Exploring Shakespeare's Language Paperback – March 3, 2008
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"In this authoritative and attractively written book David Crystal asks all the right questions about the language that Shakespeare used and the ways in which he used it. Here is a linguist who knows not only how words work but how they work in the theatre. Anyone who cares for Shakespeare will be informed and entertained by this intriguing and wide-ranging study."
"Crystal is perhaps the world's foremost scholar of the English language -- and he is certainly the most enjoyable, learned and prolific author writing about the language today...Throughout [this book] Crystal's characteristic conversational tone helps make lucid the sometimes murky waters of linguistic analysis...Essential."
D. A. Henningfeld, Choice
"David Crystal once again offers an incredibly learned overview of linguistic issues in an accessible, engaging, and thought-provoking book on Shakespeare ... The book is invaluable, in that it is accessible, highly enjoyable both to the specialized reader and the broader audience; and in that it argues persuasively that it is impossible to get very far in appreciating Shakespeare if his language is not looked at within the context of early modern linguistic practices."
Iolanda Plescia, Memori Di Shakespeare
For decades, people have been studying Shakespeare's life and times, and in recent years there has been a renewed surge of interest into aspects of his language. David Crystal provides a lively and original introduction, creating a greater appreciation of Shakespeare's vast linguistic creativity.
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The book is occupied with patterns of changing usage, typesetters' conventions, grammar in flux, etc., and its point seems to be that everything was in such a state of change that the variability you find in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and the like doesn't necessarily meaning anything. Fair enough, but I think those points could have been made in an essay.
On the other hand, Mr. Crystal does lead the reader through a careful, scholarly consideration of each of the topics, imparting a sense of what close textual analysis involves, and does give an excellent introduction to the difficulties in deciding upon an "authoritative" text (impossible), as well as the lack of significance of that problem.
If you really like Shakespeare and Crystal, check this out, but don't have great expectations.