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Title: Syntactic Theory in the High Middle Ages
Subtitle: Modistic Models of Sentence Structure
Written By: Michael A. Covington
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 39

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.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521109550
Prices: U.K. £ 13.99
U.S. $ 24.99