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Spoken and Written Language: Relations Between Latin and the Vernacular Languages in the Earlier Middle Ages (Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy) (Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy) [Hardcover]

Spoken and Written Language: Relations Between Latin and the Vernacular Languages in the Earlier Middle Ages (Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy) (Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy) [Hardcover]

By Mary Garrison (Editor), Arpad P. Orban (Editor), Marco Mostert (Editor) & Wolfert S. Van Egmond (Contributor)
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The linguistic situation of the Medieval West has sometimes been characterized as one of diglossia: one learned language was used for religion, law and documents - Latin, the father tongue - while the various vernaculars would have been the mother tongue. In Romance-speaking areas, however, the relevance of the term diglossia has been contested, and the date of the divergence between written or spoken Latin and Romance is a subject of energetic debate. How can one characterize the interaction between Latin and the various vernaculars? Between the various vernaculars and one another? To what extent could speakers from separate linguistic worlds communicate? These questions are fundamental for anyone concerned with almost any aspect of communication, the transmission of learning, literary history, and cultural interaction in the Middle Ages.To approach the question in its broadest context, one must consider many categories of evidence: glossaries, colloquies, glossed texts and vernacular translations, grammars, and anecdotes in narrative sources about the study of foreign languages. The background to the relationship between Latin and the vernaculars in the early medieval West is the choice of Latin as the language of the Western Roman Empire and the Roman Church. A choice which entailed the possibility of a shared literary culture and heritage across Europe, but which also had consequences for access to that heritage.This volume contains contributions by historians, cultural historians and students of texts, language, and linguistics, addressing these questions from their various perspectives. It hopes to overcome familiar disciplinary divisions.



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Pages   364
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 28, 2008
Publisher   Brepols Publishers
ISBN  2503507700  
ISBN13  9782503507705  


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