René Magritte, L'usage de la parole, 1928
Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia - Dipartimento di Filologia Moderna
Corso di Laurea in Lettere Moderne

Prof. Rosanna Sornicola



Curriculum Vitae




Pubblicazioni - The Virtues of Language

The Virtues of LanguageEdited by Dieter Stein and Rosanna Sornicola
Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf / Università di Napoli "Federico II"

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.

ISBN: 1556196245
Anno: 1998
pp.: 232

John Benjamins Publishing Company

Table of contents

Part I: Thomas Frank: Appraisals of his Life and Work
"Thomas Frank, 1925-1990", E.F.K. Koerner...3
"Thomas Frank in the Neapolitan Environment", Rosanna Sornicola...11
"Honoring Thomas Frank: Introduction and Overview of the Contributions", Rosanna Sornicola and Dieter Stein...15

Part II: Studies in the History of the English Language
"Grammaticalisation, Textuality and Subjectivity: The Progressive and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle", Susan M. Fitzmaurice...21
"The Language of ‘wit’ in Piers Plowman", Nicola Pantaleo...51
"Relative Sentences in late Middle English: The Paston and the Cely Letters", Dieter Stein...67

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...81
"The ‘new science’ and the New Language in Seventeenth Century England", Gabriella di Martino...129
"Otto Jespersen as a Reader of the Cours de Linguistique Générale", E.F.K. Koerner...151

Part IV: Studies on History in Literary Texts
"Macbeth and the Implied Director", Stefano Manferlotti...167
"Sir Thomas Elyot's The Image of Governance: A Humanist's Speculum Principis and a Literary Puzzle ", Uwe Baumann...177
"The Union of England and Scotland Represented at Court in Ben Jonson's Hymenaei (1606)", Anna Maria Palombi Cataldi...201
"“How-to” Literature: A Comparison of Some Texts on Childbirth", David Hart...213

General Index...229