Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Traductions Francaises De 'L' Ars Minor' De Donat Au Moyen Age

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Traductions Francaises De 'L' Ars Minor' De Donat Au Moyen Age

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Maria Colombo Timelli, Traductions franfai.res de `lArs minor' de Donat au moyen age (XII-XW siecles), Publicazioni della FacoltA di Lettere e Filosofia dell'Universita degli Studi di Milano CLXIX (Florence: La Nuova Italia Editrice, 1996). 244 pp. ISBN 88-221-1870-7. L. 42,000.00. This welcome volume is further evidence of growing interest in linguistic and language-teaching material from the Middle Ages, and follows on from a Hurry of studies associated with the author herself, and with Hunt, Lusignan, Kristol, Merrilees, Rothwell, Stadtler, and Swiggers, to name but the most important. Maria Colombo Timelli's book is first and foremost an edition of the many versions of Donatus' Ars minor in French. This is itself invaluable, given that several are otherwise inaccessible. There is an interesting and wide-ranging introduction (complemented by an extensive bibliography), and in it the author, far from limiting herself to the texts she edits, engages with important issues such as the relationship between Latin and vernacular, and the coexistence of both within the bilingual elite of their translators (p. to), and the metalinguistic terminology deployed by the Donatus texts. …

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