Introduction; Part I. A Study of Words: 1. The making of English and the English of Chaucer; 2. Traditional English; 3. The development of Chaucer's English; 4. Invented English; 5. The myth of origin and the making of Chaucer's English; Part II. Words Studied: Chaucer's writings; Chaucer's words.
A substantial reappraisal of the place of Chaucer's English in the history of English language and literature.
"...arguments in the book..succeed well in reading philology through a postmodern lens." Speculum