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‘A language that I understand not’ What do students find difficult when they read Shakespeare?

Research output: Contribution to conference Speech

Unpublished
Publication date18/06/2018
Original languageEnglish
EventBritish Shakespeare Association Conference: Shakespeare Studies Today - Queen's University, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 14/06/201817/06/2018

Conference

ConferenceBritish Shakespeare Association Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period14/06/1817/06/18

Abstract

We will address the strangeness of early modern English for contemporary readers and audiences and consider how significant changes in the meanings of many words present challenges to teachers (at school and university) and performers. We will report on a pilot study investigating some of the problems do twenty-first century readers encounter when confronted with Shakespeare’s texts, and offer some suggestions as to how the new corpus techniques used in the Encyclopedia and becoming freely available to teachers can help to address these in the future.