In recent decades a revolution in linguistic thought has restored semantics to a central position in the study of language. Geoffrey Leech's book is a study of the issues thus brought to the fore.
of communicative goals and principles of â€˜good communicative behaviourâ€™. In this respect, Geoffrey Leech argues for a rapprochement between linguistics and the traditional discipline of rhetoric. He does
but complementary. Examining a wide range of poetry, Professor Leech considers many aspects of poetic style, including the language of past and present, creative language, poetic licence, repetition, sound, metre
and cultural change. The book accordingly looks at those processes of change as well as at how the motifs themselves work, to offer a historical semantics of the language of romance conventions. It also looks