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Introduction: Socioliterary Practice

HELEN BARR

in Socioliterary Practice in Late Medieval England

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780198112426
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191707865 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112426.003.0001
Introduction: Socioliterary Practice

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This chapter presents the main goal of this book which is to examine a selected variety of writings produced in late medieval England as examples of socioliterary practice. It explains that language, whether written or spoken, is a material form of social practice or social behaviour. It adds that language practices also influence social structures and behaviour because the materiality of language inheres in orders of discourses which produce, and are produced by social institutions and conventions. It examines texts that explicitly make a connection between language use and the social construction of reality. It investigates the language of social description. It also gives a brief review of the topics discussed in the following chapters.

Keywords: medieval England; socioliterary practice; social behaviour; social practice; language; language use

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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