Alliterative Proverbs in Medieval England: Language Choice by Susan E. Deskis PDF

By Susan E. Deskis

Medieval England’s particular political and linguistic background includes a nice variety of major adjustments, essentially the most disruptive of that have been occasioned through the Norman Conquest. The alliterative proverb, with roots in previous English and persevered energy in heart English, serves as a distinct verbal icon permitting exploration of cultural stipulations either ahead of and after the Conquest. As a sturdy but versatile shape, the proverb remained simply as vital 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 prior. Making the fullest use of this fabric, this learn, by means of Susan E. Deskis, is complicated in its blend of philology, paroemiology, literary historical past, and sociolinguistics, finally attaining 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 by means of the alternative of English because the language of expression but additionally simply because alliteration in heart English connotes a wide awake connection to the prior. Alliterative Proverbs in Medieval England: Language selection and Literary Meaning explores how that connection is exploited in quite a few literary genres from university texts and sermons to romances and cycle plays.

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