Article published in:Multilingualism in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
Edited by Dirk Delabastita and Ton Hoenselaars
[Benjamins Current Topics 73] 2015
► pp. 41–60
Neighbor Hob and neighbor Lob
English dialect speakers on the Tudor stage
Drawing on scholars like Paula Blank, Janette Dillon and Tim Machan, this article argues that, in the Tudor university and court plays of Shakespeare’s youth, the stigmatization of non-standard, dialect speakers demonstrates a cultural renegotiation of the contemporary linguistic climate. By defining the English language and the English people not against a foreign Other, but rather against the domestic, servile, and dialect-speaking Other, sixteenth-century playwrights demonstrated the threat of non-standard speaking and advocated the standardization of language through education while effecting cultural change through negative reinforcement.
Keywords: dialect, history of English language, interludes, Tudor drama, university grammarians
Published online: 24 June 2015
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