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Socioliterary Practice in Late Medieval England$
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Helen Barr

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198112426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112426.001.0001

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Introduction: Socioliterary Practice

Introduction: Socioliterary Practice

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(p.1) Introduction: Socioliterary Practice
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Socioliterary Practice in Late Medieval England
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HELEN BARR

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112426.003.0001

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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