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External Influences on EnglishFrom its Beginnings to the Renaissance$
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D. Gary Miller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654260.001.0001

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Continuity and revival of classical learning 1

Continuity and revival of classical learning 1

(p.192) 7 Continuity and revival of classical learning1
External Influences on English

D. Gary Miller

Oxford University Press

Revival of the liberal arts and classical studies at several times was responsible for multiple periods of influx of Greek and Latin loanwords in English. This chapter outlines the works that were influential on the external history of English in connection with the continental background to the events in the British Isles discussed in previous chapters. The main topics are Ecclesiastical Latin, the reforms of Alcuin and Medieval Latin, the Humanistic and Neolatin of the Renaissance, the effects of printing and other factors on standardization, latinate vocabulary in Shakespeare and other literary works, and the technical and scientific terminology in the post‐Renaissance period.

Keywords:   liberal arts, classical studies, Greek, Latin, Ecclesiastical Latin, Alcuin Latin, Medieval Latin, printing, standardization, Shakespeare

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