Beatrix Busse, Vocative Constructions in the Language of Shakespeare

Beatrix Busse, Vocative Constructions in the Language of Shakespeare BESPRECHUNGEN Beatrix B u s s e. Vocative Constructions in the Language of Shakespeare. Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 150. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins, 2006, xviii + 525 pp., E 140.00. Shakespeare's vocative usage is not only frequent but also extremely varied, which makes this book very relevant. In a corpus of seventeen plays, there are 8,992 vocative occurrences realised by 3,111 different types, which comes to the high relative frequency of 2.4 vocatives per 100 words. The investigation of these vocatives procedes along interdisciplinary lines, and is essentially an exercise in stylistics, aiming for a synthesis of linguistic and literary interpretations. The book consists of seven unevenly distributed chapters, with chapters 4 and 5 forming the quantitative and analytical core. Chapter 1 does three things: it functions as general introduction (1.1 ­ 1.2); it provides the definition of the vocative, the categories for its analysis, as well as the selection of the corpus (1.3 ­ 1.4); and it situates the approach taken here in a larger context (1.5 ­ 1.6). The corpus for the investigation is made up of seventeen plays, encompassing six comedies, three histories and eight tragedies, and the period from 1592 ­ 93 to 1612 ­ http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anglia - Zeitschrift für englische Philologie de Gruyter

Beatrix Busse, Vocative Constructions in the Language of Shakespeare

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de Gruyter
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Copyright ? 2010 Walter de Gruyter All rights reserved
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BESPRECHUNGEN
ISSN
0340-5222
eISSN
1865-8938
DOI
10.1515/angl.2009.037
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BESPRECHUNGEN Beatrix B u s s e. Vocative Constructions in the Language of Shakespeare. Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 150. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins, 2006, xviii + 525 pp., E 140.00. Shakespeare's vocative usage is not only frequent but also extremely varied, which makes this book very relevant. In a corpus of seventeen plays, there are 8,992 vocative occurrences realised by 3,111 different types, which comes to the high relative frequency of 2.4 vocatives per 100 words. The investigation of these vocatives procedes along interdisciplinary lines, and is essentially an exercise in stylistics, aiming for a synthesis of linguistic and literary interpretations. The book consists of seven unevenly distributed chapters, with chapters 4 and 5 forming the quantitative and analytical core. Chapter 1 does three things: it functions as general introduction (1.1 ­ 1.2); it provides the definition of the vocative, the categories for its analysis, as well as the selection of the corpus (1.3 ­ 1.4); and it situates the approach taken here in a larger context (1.5 ­ 1.6). The corpus for the investigation is made up of seventeen plays, encompassing six comedies, three histories and eight tragedies, and the period from 1592 ­ 93 to 1612 ­

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Anglia - Zeitschrift für englische Philologiede Gruyter

Published: Apr 1, 2010

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