Perhaps the most interesting presentation I saw at NJCEA was Glenn Steinberg’s on Chaucer, Linguistics, and Parentage. A lot of very interesting data mining in this presentation.
- Chaucer doesn’t stylistically deviate from his peers.
- There were some interesting handouts about The Book of The Dutchess and Daphnaida.
- Handout compares number of word uses between Spender, Chaucer, Gower, and Lydgate.
- I would love to see wordles of these. That might make for an interesting student project. Maybe each wiki page needs a wordle.
- Spenser has more phrases in common with Lydgate than Chaucer, but could be because of evolving language.
- Spenser’s claim that Chaucer highly influenced him greatly exaggerated.