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Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-296) and index.
Introduction: ch. 1. Vox literata: on the uses of oral and written language in the later Middle Ages -- pt. 1. Philosophy: ch. 2. The voice of the sign and the semiology of dominion in the work of Ockham -- ch. 3. "Real language" and the rule of the book in the work of Wyclif -- pt. 2. Politics: ch. 4. Orality and rhetoric in the chronicle history of Edward III -- ch. 5. The politics of literacy in the reign of Richard II -- pt. 3. Poetry: ch. 6. The spell of the ax: Diglossia and history in Sir Gawain and the green knight -- ch. 7. "Withouten any repplicacioun": discourse and dominion in The knight's tale.
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