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History of Linguistics Volume II
Classical and Medieval Linguistics





ISBN 9780582094918
Published June 27, 1994 by Routledge
400 Pages

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Book Description

This comprehensive history of linguistics is part of a 5 volume set. Together, the volumes examine the social, cultural and religious functions of language, its place in education, the prestige attached to different varieties of language, and the presentation of lexical and grammatical descriptions. They explore the linguistic interests and assumptions of individual cultures in their own terms, without trying to transpose and reshape them into the context of contemporary ideas of what the scientific study of language ought to be. The authors of individual chapters are all specialists who have been able to analyse the primary sources, and so produce original syntheses which offer an authoritative view of the different traditions and periods.

Volume Two examines the Greek, Roman and Medieval European traditions, which between them developed the grammatical and syntactical models which form the basis of our inherited linguistic assumptions.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements
Notes on the contributors

1. Greek and Latin linguistics, Peter Matthews
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Phonetics and phonology
1.3 The status and origin of words
1.4 Elements of the sentence
1.5 The prehistory of grammar
1.6 Grammars under the Empire

2. Medieval linguistics, Edoardo Vineis and Alfonso Maierù
2.1 Introduction, Edoardo Vineis
2.2 Linguistics and grammar, Edoardo Vineis
2.2.1 Schools and centres of culture from Late Antiquity to the Carolingian Renaissance
2.2.2 Schools and centres of culture from the Carolingian Renaissance to the threshold of Humanism
2.2.3 Knowledge of the Latin grammarians in the various areas of Europe
2.2.4 Boethius, Cassiodorus, and Isidore of Seville
2.2.5 Iulianus Toletanus and the beginnings of the early medieval grammatical tradition up to the works of Virgil the grammarian
2.2.6 'Elementary grammarians' and 'exegetic grammars' up to the Carolingian Renaissance
2.2.7 The tenth-twelfth century commentaries on Donatus and Priscian: first indications of the appearance of a speculative grammar
2.2.8 Doctrinale and the Grecismus
2.2.9 Lexiographic activity
2.2.10 Grammars for the teaching of Latin written in other languages: the example of Aelfric
2.2.11 The grammatical description of other languages other than Latin
2.2.12 Elements of synchronic descriptions of the different local pronunciations of Latin inferable from medieval Latin grammars
2.3 The philosophy of language, Alfonso Maierù
2.3.1 Platonism in the early Middle Ages
2.3.2 Aristotelianism in the eleventh and twelfth centuries
2.3.3 The grammar of the Modistae
2.3.4 Critics of the Modistae

Notes
Bibliographical references
Index

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