The Virtues of Language

History in language, linguistics and texts

Papers in memory of Thomas Frank

| Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf
| Università di Napoli "Federico II"
ISBN 9789027245755 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781556196249 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027284273 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
The volume contains 13 specially written specialist articles on a wide range of subjects within the ambit of the history of the English language and prominent literary uses of it. In uniting linguistic and literary pursuits in a single volume, it follows the noble Neapolitan scholar’s research interests, as well as representing topics that figure prominently in any comprehensive university course in English. Subjects range from the rise of the present progressive in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle via issues in Medieval English, concepts of language inherent in the Early Modern English grammatical treatises and an evaluation of their value as evidence for the development of the language, the “new science” and language in the 17th century, on literary issues like the “implied director” in Macbeth, Sir Elyot’s Enigmatic “Image of Governance”, English history reflected in Ben Jonson to the history of text types and Jespersen’s reading of Saussure’s “Cours”. Apart from an introductory section with articles on Frank’s biography, his scientific activities and his impact on the field, the book contains work by Susan Fitzmaurice, Nicola Pantaleo, Gabriella Di Martino, Konrad Koerner, Stefano Manferlotti, Uwe Baumann, Anna Maria Palombi Cataldi, Rosanna Sornicola and Dieter Stein.
[Studies in the History of the Language Sciences, 87]  1998.  viii, 232 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Part I: Thomas Frank
Thomas Frank, 1925-1990
E.F.K. Koerner
Thomas Frank in the Neapolitan Environment
Rosanna Sornicola
Honoring Thomas Frank: Introduction and Overview of the Contributions
Rosanna Sornicola and Dieter Stein
Part II: Studies in the History of the English Language
Grammaticalisation, Textuality and Subjectivity: The Progressive and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
Susan Fitzmaurice
The Language of ‘wit’ in Piers Plowman
Nicola Pantaleo
Relative Sentences in late Middle English: The Paston and the Cely Letters
Dieter Stein
Part III: Studies in the History of Language and Linguistics
The Interpretation of Historical Sources as a Problem for Diachronic Typology: Word-order in English Rhetorical and Grammatical Treatises of the XVIth and Early XVIIth Centuries
Rosanna Sornicola
The ‘new science’ and the New Language in Seventeenth Century England
Gabriella di Martino
Otto Jespersen as a Reader of the Cours de Linguistique Générale
E.F.K. Koerner
Part IV: Studies on History in Literary Texts
Macbeth and the Implied Director
Stefano Manferlotti
Sir Thomas Elyot's The Image of Governance : A Humanist's Speculum Principis and a Literary Puzzle
Uwe Baumann
The Union of England and Scotland Represented at Court in Ben Jonson's Hymenaei (1606)
Anna Maria Palombi Cataldi
“How-to” Literature: A Comparison of Some Texts on Childbirth
David Hart
General Index
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