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Language in the Confessions of Augustine

Philip Burton


This book argues that Augustine's Confessions may fruitfully be read as a series of encounters with language and signs: as a baby learning to speak, as a schoolboy orator, student, professor of rhetoric, and Christian exegete. While language is a universal human characteristic, the fact of languages tends to divide humans into arbitrary and uncomprehending communities; and even in individual communities, language can be manipulated or simply misunderstood. On the theological level, Augustine faces question of how to describe (and invoke) an absolute and immutable God in language that is necess ... More

Keywords: Latin, patristics, stylistics, classical philology, history of linguistics, philosophy of language, Roman comedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199266227
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266227.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Burton, author
Lecturer in New Testament Studies and Biblical Languages, University of Birmingham
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