A linguistic study of The Castle of Perseverance
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The original purpose of the dissertation was to settle as closely as possible by philological means the question of date and place of the Macro Castle of Perseverance. However, in the initial stages of the study it was discovered that the play had undergone some redactions before it was written down in the Macro version. The purpose then became twofold: to separate the redactions from the original part of the play and study them for any light they might throw not only on The Castle of Perseverance but also on the evolution of the morality itself as a dramatic form; and to settle the problem of date and place of the redacted portions as well as of the original. The redacted parts of the play were separated from the original by means of such criteria as meter, alliteration, style, grammar, syntax, and dramatic effectiveness. The method for dating and locating the work consisted of a close linguistic analysis in an attempt to find phonological, morphological, and lexioal features which might be indicative of specific place and date. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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