'This is a book full of fresh and illuminating perspectives and methods. It makes you realize the study of Shakespeare's language is only just beginning.' David Crystal, Honorary Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University, UK
'A welcome addition to the still relatively meagre output of books on Shakespeare's style. The chapters by different contributors take a fresh and insightful look at vocabulary, metre and rhetoric in the light of recent advances in stylistics.' Katie Wales, Special Professor, School of English, University of Nottingham, UK
This innovative volume testifies to the current revived interest in Shakespeare's language and style and opens up new and captivating vistas of investigation. Transcending old boundaries between literary and linguistic studies, this engaging collaborative book comes up with an original array of theoretical approaches and new findings. The chapters in the collection capture a rich diversity of points of view and cover such fields as lexicography, versification, dramaturgy, rhetorical analyses, cognitive and computational corpus-based stylistic studies, offering a holistic vision of Shakespeare's uses of language. The perspective is deliberately broad, confronting ideas and visions at the intersection of various techniques of textual investigation. Such novel explorations of Shakespeare's multifarious artistry and amazing inventiveness in his use of language will cater for a broad range of readers, from undergraduates, postgraduates, scholars and researchers, to poetry and theatre lovers alike.