Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Crestomatía Iberorrománica: Textos Paralelos De Los Siglos XIII-XVI

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Crestomatía Iberorrománica: Textos Paralelos De Los Siglos XIII-XVI

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Timo Riiho and Lauri Juhani Eerikäinen, Crestomatía iberorrománica: Textos paralelos de los siglos XIII-XVI (Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia, 1993). 269 pp. ISBN 951-41-0704-7. FIM 160.

Timo Riiho is professor of Iberoromance languages at the University of Helsinki; fluent in Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, English (and competent in Basque), author of two superb books on these languages' early history, he and his colleague Lauri Juhani Eerikäinen are the ideal editors for this tantalizingly useful collection of parallel texts in the medieval Iberian languages (with Latin, French and Italian originals where relevant). Tantalizing, because these texts provide invaluable data for a study which the editors would be ideally placed to carry out, but have not undertaken here. Linguists will be delighted to see how and when translators worked cognate material from the source-language into separate structures of the target. Students of cultural history will be fascinated to use the data for the investigation of the spread of the idea and the practice of interlingual translations within what was once (in the first millennium) perceived as being a single complex but monolingual unit. Once Latin and the Romance languages come to be seen as conceptually separate entities, enshrined in different written forms - in the Iberian peninsula, about ad 1200 - translation activity suddenly bursts into sight. The Alfonsine and fifteenth-century translators have been much investigated (in studies these editors know well), but the parallel data here are a godsend, particularly because of the editorial 'preference for a palaeographic edition, which at least faithfully reproduces a genuine text' (even though this is often based on a printed edition rather than manuscript re-evaluation); linguists loathe editors who 'emend'. …

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