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LINGUIST List 16.1323

Mon Apr 25 2005

Qs: Latin Grammar & English;Non-generative Linguistics

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        1.    Ivan Lupic, Early Application of Latin Grammar to English
        2.    Robert Orr, Reference to Non-generative Linguistics

Message 1: Early Application of Latin Grammar to English
Date: 25-Apr-2005
From: Ivan Lupic <ilupicffzg.hr>
Subject: Early Application of Latin Grammar to English

Dear All,

In his edition of the two anonymous mediaeval grammars (one from the
manuscript in St. John's College, Cambridge [MS. 163, f. 1a]; the other in
Douce MS. 103, f. 53a) Sanford Brown Meech writes: "All four [he refers to
two other grammars published elsewhere] of these Latin grammatical
treatises in English have statements and illustrations in common not in the
accepted text of the *Ars Minor* [by Donatus]. There being no critical
study of its Latin texts of English origin, I cannot state whether these
variations and additons go back to a prototype in Latin established in
England or to a prototype in English." ["Early Application of Latin Grammar
to English", PMLA 50.4 (1935), p. 1012.]

This statement dates from the 1930s so I was wondering whether there has
been any critical study of this problem in the meantime (there must have
been many, surely)? Some humanist Latin grammars in England resemble these
mediaeval grammatical treatises in English more than they do Donatus. My
guess is that the possible source for the innovations might be the
commentaries on the *Ars Minor*, but that doesn't solve the problem of the
prototype (English or Latin). Where could one read more about this?

Ivan Lupic
University of Zagreb

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)
                            Latin (LTN)

Message 2: Reference to Non-generative Linguistics
Date: 24-Apr-2005
From: Robert Orr <colkittosprint.ca>
Subject: Reference to Non-generative Linguistics

Is anyone able to provide an actual citation (probably from the late '60's
early '70's) where a generative linguist used the term "anecdotal" to
refer to "non-generative linguistics"?

Thanks in advance,

Robert Orr

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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