'Pardonetz moi qe jeo de ceo forsvoie': Gower's Anglo-Norman Identity

Ingham, R. and Ingham, M. (2015) 'Pardonetz moi qe jeo de ceo forsvoie': Gower's Anglo-Norman Identity. Neophilologus, 99 (4). pp. 667-684. ISSN 00282677 (ISSN)

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Abstract

John Gower's French verse has been seen as diverging from that of his Anglo-Norman predecessors, and he has often been considered as more continental in his affiliation. In this study we consider how distinctive Gower was, linguistically, in terms of the system levels of language, i.e. phonology and syntax. These aspects are investigated with respect to linguistic variables which show that where insular French diverged from continental usage, Gower's practice was to follow Anglo-Norman rather than continental French. These findings are assessed from the perspective of his presumed authorial stance, as it developed from his earlier to his later work. Throughout his writing in French, Gower's latent English identity remains a constant in his use of insular language forms. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Continental French, Gower Anglo-Norman identity
Subjects: Q200 Comparative Literary studies
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA29: English Language and Literature
Depositing User: Miss Jessica Baylis
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 14:29
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 14:29
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/578

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