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date: 18 February 2020

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This chapter analyses Jonson’s use of language in a selection of his texts. A ‘Plagiarism’ analysis of an electronic archive of 457 early modern texts was conducted, including eighteen plays and four masques by Jonson. The text archive was analysed for collocations which occurred either often in, or rarely outside of, the works of Jonson—thus revealing a basic pattern for Jonson’s language. These repeated or rarely occurring words and phrases were then analysed in terms of their usage and their possible significance for Jonson, focusing on certain key linguistic themes: London and its people, city culture, language and fashion.

Keywords: Ben Jonson, collocations, language, database, electronic texts, London, early modern, culture, linguistics, catchphrase

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