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LINGUIST List 20.1689

Fri May 01 2009

Books: Discipline of Ling: Covington

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Syntactic Theory in the High Middle Ages: Covington

Message 1: Syntactic Theory in the High Middle Ages: Covington
Date: 01-May-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Syntactic Theory in the High Middle Ages: Covington
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Title: Syntactic Theory in the High Middle Ages
Subtitle: Modistic Models of Sentence Structure
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 39
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Michael A. Covington
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521109550 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 13.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521109550 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 24.99
Abstract:

In this study Michael Covington considers the origins and development of
the theories of sentence structure formulated by the Modistae, a group of
grammarians and logicians who flourished in Paris between about 1270 and
1310. Some of the concepts of the medieval theoretical framework, notably
government and dependency, have survived to the present day, and Dr
Covington introduces insights from modern grammatical theories where
appropriate. Nevertheless his principal aim is not to compare medieval and
modern theories, or to provide a comprehensive historical study. Rather,
recognising that 'it is the difference as much as the similarity that makes
the Modistae interesting', Dr Covington offers an original critical
exegesis of these influential theories. The book will be accessible both to
linguists who may know little about medieval philosophy and to medievalists
who may know little about linguistics.

Preface;
1. Introduction;
2. Before the Modistae;
3. Modistic grammar;
4. Syntactic structure;
5. Modistic treatments of particular syntactic problems;
6. Subsequent developments;
Appendix;
Notes;
Bibliography;
Indexes.


Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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