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By Alex Broadhead

ISBN-10: 1611485282

ISBN-13: 9781611485288

ISBN-10: 1611487048

ISBN-13: 9781611487046

This monograph bargains a thorough reconceptualization of the connection among the poetics and perform of Robert Burns and reevaluates the character of his function within the background of Scots. by means of drawing on principles from twenty-first-century sociolinguistic concept, it seeks to rework the controversy surrounding Burns’s language. via a sequence of readings that discover the best way Burns used and commented at the kinds linked to diverse areas, teams and genres, it demonstrates how languages, locations, and the identities linked to either are, in Burns’s writing, topic to continuous reinvention. during this admire, the learn breaks with present debts of the topic, insofar because it provides Scots, English and the opposite languages utilized by Burns now not as mounted, empirically-observable entities, yet as principles that have been revised and remade during the poet’s paintings.

Focusing on Burns’s poems, songs, letters, prefaces, and glossaries, the ebook can pay detailed cognizance to the advanced ways that the writer engaged with such concerns as phonology, grammar, and the naming of languages. The Burns who emerges from this ebook isn't the marginal determine of conventional accounts—an under-educated poet alienated from the philological mainstream—but really a well-informed philosopher who, greater than the other modern author, embodies the inventive linguistic spirit of the eighteenth century.

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