Etymology and Grammatical Discourse in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
This study focuses on the uses of the grammatical concept of etymologia in primarily Latin writings from the early Middle Ages. Etymologia is a fundamental procedure and discursive strategy in the philosophy and analysis of language in early medieval Latin grammar, as well as in Biblical exegesis, encyclopedic writing, theology, and philosophy. Read through the frame of poststructuralist analysis of discourse and the philosophy of science, the procedure of the ars grammatica are interpreted as overlapping genres (commentary, glossary, encyclopedia, exegesis) which use different verbal or extraverbal criteria to explain the origins and significations of words and which establish different epistemological frames within which an etymological account of language is situated. The study also includes many translations of heretofore untranslated passages from Latin grammatical and exegetical writings.
[Studies in the History of the Language Sciences, 44] 1989. xi, 280 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments | p. ix
Abbreviations | p. xi
Prelude | p. 1
1. Etymology and Discourse in Late Antiquity | p. 15
1.1 Etymological Strategies of Intervention
1.2 Varro's Etymological Model
1.3 The Critique of ‘Etymologia’ from Plato to Augustine
2. Technical and Exegetical Grammar Before Isidore | p. 57
2.1 Etymology and Technical Grammar from Donatus to Priscian
2.2 Sacred Onomastics and Christian Grammar
2.3 Augustine, Jerome, and Glossography
2.4 Grammatical Criticism: the Aeneid and the Bible
3. Isidore of Seville and the Etymological Encyclopedia | p. 133
3.1 Definitions and Concepts of ‘Etymologia’
3.2 The Grammatical Model
3.3 Origines verborum
3.4 Origines rerum
4. The Text of Early Medieval Grammar | p. 173
4.1 Vocation and Grammar
4.2 An Interlude of Virgilius Maro Grammaticus
4.3 Technical Grammar, Encyclopedias, and Dialectic
Postlude | p. 251
Index | p. 277
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