Grammatica, Gramadach and Gramadeg

Vernacular grammar and grammarians in medieval Ireland and Wales

| Maynooth University
| University of Cambridge
ISBN 9789027246165 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027267153 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
Grammatica, Gramadach, and Gramadeg : Vernacular grammar and grammarians in medieval Ireland and Wales is concerned with the history of linguistic ideas and literary theory in the vernacular languages of medieval Ireland and Wales. While much good work, especially by Vivian Law, has been done on the Latin materials, this volume is the first to engage with the vernacular texts. It consists of ten essays that explore a range of interconnected topics relating to these themes. Yet while the contributors offer a close analysis of the development of linguistic thought in these literary traditions, they likewise seek to situate their discussions within the wider context of European grammatical learning during this period, considering both the widespread influence of texts from classical linguistic tradition and also the significance of sources from other contemporary learned disciplines for our understanding of the history of linguistics in the medieval world.
[Studies in the History of the Language Sciences, 125]  2016.  xvi, 226 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Foreword & acknowledgements
List of plates
Notes on contributors
Editors’ introduction
Allegory, the áes dána and the liberal arts in Medieval Irish literature
Elizabeth Boyle
Cryptography and the alphabet in the “Book of Ádhamh Ó Cianáin”
Deborah Hayden
Caide Máthair Bréithre “What is the Mother of a Word” Thinking about words in Medieval Ireland
Erich Poppe
The expression of “sense, meaning, signification” in the Old Irish glosses, and particularly in the Milan and Saint Gall glosses
Pierre-Yves Lambert
The verbal paradigms in Auraicept na nÉces
Anders Ahlqvist
The glossing of the Early Irish law tracts
Liam Breatnach
Teaching between the lines: Grammar and Grammatica in the classroom in Early Medieval Wales
Paul Russell
The Welsh bardic grammars on Litterae
T.M. Charles-Edwards
Poetry by numbers: the poetic triads in Gramadegau Penceirddiaid
Paul Russell
Gramadeg Gwysanau: A fragment of 14th-Century Welsh bardic grammar
Ann Parry Owen
Master list of references
Index of manuscripts
Index of subjects
Index of terms by language
“The work contained in this volume comes from some of the leading scholars of the world of Celtic linguistic history, and their contributions do not disappoint. Each paper contributes in some way, marginally or substantially, to a better understanding of the history and contents of vernacular grammars and those who wrote them in the Medieval Celtic world.”
“[A] high level of scholarship leaving one amazed about the wealth of vistas and approaches that can be applied to this material in order to complete and refine our knowledge and understanding of medieval scholarship.”
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Russell, Paul
2020. Distinctions, foundations and steps: the metaphors of the grades of comparison in medieval Latin, Irish and Welsh grammatical texts. Language & History 63:1  pp. 47 ff. Crossref logo

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Literature & Literary Studies

Medieval literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2016001800 | Marc record