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Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.001.0001

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Etymology Dossier

Etymology Dossier

(p.339) Etymology Dossier
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on etymology, whose goal is to gain a grasp on the present rather than establish historical origins. As a form of thought, speech, and communication, etymology is not restricted to usage in literature. The chapter considers etymology in relation to ancient grammar and lexicography, along with its intellectual functions. It also presents texts such as Augustine's De dialectica, Etymologiae by Isidore of Seville, Magnae derivationes by Hugutio of Pisa, Joannes Balbus's Catholicon, Petrus Helias's Summa super Priscianum, Derivationes by Osbern of Gloucester, and the glosses Promisimus and Tria sunt.

Keywords:   etymology, grammar, lexicography, Augustine, De dialectica, Isidore of Seville, Etymologiae, Catholicon, Summa super Priscianum, glosses

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