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For decades, people have been studying Shakespeare’s life and times and in recent years there has been a renewed surge of interest in aspects of his language. So how can we better understand Shakespeare? David Crystal provides a lively and original introduction to Shakespeare’s language, making his plays easily accessible to modern-day audiences. Covering the five main dimensions of language structure – writing system, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and conversational style – this book demonstrates how examining these linguistic ‘nuts and bolts’ can help us achieve a greater appreciation of Shakespeare’s linguistic creativity.