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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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Alexander of Villa Dei, Doctrinale, 1199

Alexander of Villa Dei, Doctrinale, 1199

(p.573) Alexander of Villa Dei, Doctrinale, 1199
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Doctrinale, a book on grammar written by Alexander of Villa Dei in 1199. Intended for the grammatical education of the young relatives of the Bishop of Dol, Doctrinale consists of twelve parts or chapters: declinatio, heteroclita, comparatio, gender of nouns, perfect and supine, defective and anomalous verbs, forms of the verb, regimen, construction, quantities, accents, and figures (divided into figures of construction and diction; metaplasms; schemata; and tropes). Since the fourteenth century, these twelve chapters were divided into three major parts: etymology, syntax, and a third part comprised of chapters 10–12. These last chapters deal with the metrical properties of syllables.

Keywords:   grammar, Alexander of Villa Dei, nouns, verbs, etymology, syntax, syllables, regimen, declinatio, heteroclita

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