Prof: Hugh Craig: "Novelty carries it away" - Collective change in the language of English drama from the 1590s to the 1610s

, 2:00 pm to

Prof. Hugh Craig, University of Newcastle, will give a talk entitled '"Novelty carries it away": Collective change in the language of English drama from the 1590s to the 1610s' at the Digital Text Analysis Working Group on Tuesday, July 16, from 14:00-16:00 at the GCDH, Heyne-Haus, Papendiek 16, Seminarraum 1.

Abstract:

At a deep structural level – in the use of pronouns, auxiliary verbs, common adverbs and so on -- the language of English drama changes rapidly between the early 1590s and the first part of the first decade of the seventeenth century,  and then more slowly between the latter period and the early 1610s. These broad collective changes transcend author and genre and provide an unfamiliar and sometimes revealing context for individual plays of the various periods. They also prompt new questions about the relationship between changes in English generally and changes in the language of drama in Early Modern England.