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Title: The Grammatical Thought and Linguistic Behaviour of Juan de Valdés
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Romance Linguistics 55
Description:

At the mention of Spanish Renaissance grammarians or linguistic thinkers,
the figure that readily comes to mind is the great Elio Antonio de Nebrija,
whilst one of the least recognized is Juan de Valdés, whose only work on
language has failed to impress modern scholars and, thus, achieve such a
high status. There is a combination of factors that has contributed to this
state of affairs. But there also exists a paradox around Valdés’s Diálogo
de la lengua: notwithstanding its unfortunate circumstances, it has been a
special favourite of scholars, who frequently use it as an authoritative
reference on 16th-century Castilian. Curiously, this paradox has so far
gone unnoticed. Moreover, how the Diálogo is used constitutes another level
of the problem.

It can be contended that, from a sociolinguistic standpoint, the way
Valdés’s work has generally been used impedes, rather than improves, our
knowledge of what the objective usage picture of the language must have
been at the time. This is because his comments are invariably cited,
unquestioned, to confirm, explicitly or implicitly, the status of features
in the language that have already been established by traditional
scholarship via the narrow medium of literature and other formal written
sources. This book has systematically addressed all three levels of this
major problem in scholarship concerning the history of Castilian. It first
defines the problem (which seems to have hitherto evaded scholars) through
critical reviews of some of the influential works on Valdés and on the
language, and proceeds to recast the Diálogo in a completely new light by
classifying its linguistic content from Valdés’s viewpoint.

Finally, it investigates his linguistic behaviour, which unveils the
reality behind his severe sociolinguistic value judgments, and,
consequently, challenges the reader to seriously consider the inescapable
implications of his pervasive linguistic self-correction for our knowledge
of 16th-century Castilian.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Spanish
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783895861819
Pages: 263
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