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  1. paul, History of Ling/Philosophy of Language : L.G. Kelly (ed.)

Message 1: History of Ling/Philosophy of Language : L.G. Kelly (ed.)

Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 16:21:18 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: History of Ling/Philosophy of Language : L.G. Kelly (ed.)

Title: The Mirror of Grammar
Subtitle: Theology, Philosophy and the Modistare
Series Title: Studies in the History of the Language Sciences
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
Editor: L.G. Kelly 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588111768, Pages: x, 234 pp., Price: USD 86.00


Much is known about the grammar of the modistae and about its eclipse;
this book sets out to trace its rise. In the late eleventh century
grammar became an analytical rather than an exegetical discipline
under the impetus of the new theology. Under the impetus of Arab
learning the ancient sciences were reshaped according to the norms of
Aristotle's Analytics, and developed within a structure of speculative
sciences beginning with grammar and culminating in theology. Though
the modistae acknowledge Aristotle, Donatus, Priscian and the Arab
commentators, their roots also lie in Augustine and Boethius, and they
took as much from their scholastic contemporaries as they gave
them. This book traces the genesis of a grammar which communicated
freely with other speculative sciences, shared their structures and
methods, and affirmed its own individuality by defining its object as
the causes of language.

Lingfield(s): History of Linguistics
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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