Teaching and Learning Latin in Thirteenth-century England, Volume 1

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Boydell & Brewer, 1991 - Foreign Language Study - 463 pages
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The rich cultural insights afforded by the study of medieval Latin are only beginning to be appreciated. In this difficult study of the text-books through which Latin was learned, together with the Latin, Anglo-Norman and English glosses to be found in their manuscript versions, Tony Hunt makes a pioneering attempt to understand its relationship to the vernaculars spoken in England.' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT. Here at last is the first systematic study of the teaching and learning of Latin in thirteenth century England based on evidence from nearly 200 manuscripts where the text has been glossed in the vernacular. These glosses provide the key to discovering the linguistic competence and interest of students at an elementary level: men and women who needed a working knowledge of Latin for practical purposes. The received view that Latin was the exclusive language of the schoolroom is shown to be mistaken and the exhaustive recording of the vernacular glosses provides a hitherto untapped source of lexical materials in French and Middle English. Teaching and Learning Latin is destined to become an essential source-book for medievalists interested in language, literacy and culture.
 

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Contents

The auctores and the Liber Catonianus
59
The Grammars
83
Aelfric
99
Miscellaneous Grammatical Treatises
120
Adam of Petit Ponts De utensilibus
165
Alexander Nequams De nominibus utensilium
177
John of Garlands Dictionarius
191
John of Garlands Commentarius
204
Introduction including Appendix
289
14 The Exoticon of Alexander of Hales
298
The Distigium Cornutus Antiquus
323
The Merarium
349
The Authorities
371
John of Garlands Unus omnium
395
Conclusion
433
Abbreviations
448

Commentaries by Alexander Nequam
235
An Anonymous Commentary
274

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