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Grammaticalization and Literary Form

Christopher Cannon

in From Literacy to Literature: England, 1300–1400

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198779438
eISBN:
9780191824562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779438.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, World Literature

Middle English poetry was grammaticalized because it sometimes took the form of basic exercises of literacy training. This is apparent in William Langland’s Piers Plowman, which can look at ... More


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