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The AntiquaryJohn Aubrey's Historical Scholarship$
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Kelsey Jackson Williams

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198784296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784296.001.0001

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A New Philology

A New Philology

Toponyms and Comparative Linguistics in Aubrey’s Late Works

(p.136) 6 A New Philology
The Antiquary

Kelsey Jackson Williams

Oxford University Press

Focusing on his friendships with the younger scholars Thomas Gale and Edward Lhuyd, this chapter explores Aubrey’s late interest in philology and linguistic evolution. Gale’s study of the Antonine Itinerary bled over into his notes on Aubrey’s Monumenta and may also have been the inspiration for Aubrey’s own Interpretation of Villare Anglicanum, a planned etymological dictionary of British toponyms. Later, Aubrey passed this project on to the Welsh scholar Lhuyd, who adapted it and included it in his ambitious Design for a comprehensive ‘British dictionary’. Aubrey’s philological writings prove to be a crucial connecting point in an evolving tradition of toponymic and etymological study stretching from seventeenth-century Cambridge to eighteenth-century Wales and beyond.

Keywords:   Edward Lhuyd, etymological, linguistic evolution, philology, Thomas Gale, toponyms

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