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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Language of Early English Literature

From Cædmon to Milton

ISBN 9780230291423
Publication Date March 2014
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Perspectives on the English Language

Exploring the relationship between language and literature in English literary texts, from the Old to the Early Modern English period, this book will guide students through the subject. Covering a wide range of linguistic features and texts, linguistic choices are analysed in terms of their stylistic and thematic significance.

Sara M. Pons-Sanz is a Senior Lecturer in English Language at the University of Westminster, UK

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List of Editions
1. Introduction
2. Semantics
3. Processes of Lexical Expansion I: Borrowing
4. Processes of Lexical Expansion II: Word-formation
5. Noun Phrase
6. Personal Pronouns
7. Verbal Phrase
8. Syntax
9. Linguistic Varieties
10. Conclusion


This manages the perfect balance of being engaging and accessible and also scholarly and principled. Pons-Sanz covers an extraordinary range of literature and demonstrates that knowledge of language is the key to the culture of the past. New students and old professors will find much to value here.' Peter Stockwell, University of Nottingham, UK
'Accessible and stimulating, The Language of Early English Literature introduces students to a range of linguistic techniques and offers numerous sample analyses. This book will be essential reading for students of language and literature alike.' Simon Horobin, University of Oxford, UK
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