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LINGUIST List 16.2205

Mon Jul 18 2005

Media: Times: Shakespeare at the Globe

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        1.    John Lawler, Early Modern English: Shakespeare at the Globe

Message 1: Early Modern English: Shakespeare at the Globe
Date: 18-Jul-2005
From: John Lawler <jlawlerumich.edu>
Subject: Early Modern English: Shakespeare at the Globe

The Times Online has a story today about a new production cycle of
Shakespeare's plays at the Globe Theatre in London, featuring the original
Early Modern English pronunciation. The producers are advised by David


-John Lawler
'The influence of such a mind as Shakespeare's on the lang-
uage in which it expresses itself can only be compared to
the effect of high temperatures on solid matter. As imagin-
ation bodies forth the forms of things unknown, each mole-
cule of suggestiveness contained in each word gains a mys-
terious freedom from its neighbours; the old images move to
and fro distinctly in the listener's fancy, and when the
sound has died away, not merely the shape, but what seemed
to be the very substance of the word has been readjusted.'
-- Owen Barfield, 'History in English Words'

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)

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