Linguistic Theories in Dante and the Humanists: Studies of Language and Intellectual History in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Italy

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BRILL, 1993 - 270 pagine
One of the burning issues of late medieval and early Renaissance Italy was the question of the language. The single most important figure to treat this subject in the late Middle Ages was Dante Alighieri. The Dantean argument on language with its implicit acknowledgment of a classical bilingualism and its faith in the efficacy of the vernacular stimulated and defined the debate on language among the humanists of the fifteenth century.
This book aims at a novel and open-ended reading of Dante's literature on language and at a systematic reconstruction of the whole body of humanistic literature on linguistic phenomena. In so doing, it recaptures the theoretical assumptions - philological empiricism, political ideology, stylistic imperatives, literary aspirations - that shaped the thinking of Bruni, Biondo, Alberti, Guarino, Poggio, Filelfo, Valla, Landino and Lorenzo de' Medici. The work, therefore, goes beyond the strict, technical periphery of linguistic enquiry, and it becomes a study of intellectual history.
 

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Introduction
3
Dramatis Personae
13
Elixir Vitae
24
Dante Bruni and the Beginning of
30
Dante Biondo and the Beginning
39
The Florentine Debate
69
The Florentine Debate Alberti and
82
Dantes
159
The Binomial Latina LingualGrammatica
182
HI A Recent Contribution to the Florentine
189
Notes
209
Index
262
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Informazioni sull'autore (1993)

Angelo Mazzocco, Ph.D. (1973) University of California, Berkeley, is Professor of Italian and Spanish, Mount Holyoke College. He has published numerous articles and has contributed to several volumes including "Poesia e poetica delle rovine romane: momenti e problemi" (1987).

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