|About the Book|
This book is a study of Chaucers words. It describes how these words became evidence for calling Chaucer the father of English poetry but, also, why that label is wrong. It shows that Chaucers language is, in fact, traditional and argues that his linguistic innovation was as much performance as fact. It provides a thorough history of every one of Chaucers words and maps the origins and patterns of use that have made these words so compelling for six hundred years.