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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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Commentary on the Barbarismus (attributed to Robert Kilwardby), CA. 1250

Commentary on the Barbarismus (attributed to Robert Kilwardby), CA. 1250

(p.724) Commentary on the Barbarismus (attributed to Robert Kilwardby), CA. 1250
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses a commentary on Donatus's Barbarismus, which was attributed to English philosopher and theologian Robert Kilwardby and written around 1250. The commentary deals with the extent and limits of a philosophical approach to language, with particular reference to the division between the disciplines of grammar and rhetoric. More specifically, the commentary draws a distinction between what it considers the strictly linguistic concerns of the grammarian and the emotional concerns of the rhetorician.

Keywords:   commentary, Donatus, Barbarismus, Robert Kilwardby, language, grammar, rhetoric

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