A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
The volume focuses on the Latin tracts produced in Paris around 1270 by the
Danes Martinus and Boethius de Dacia on what is known as "modistic
grammar." The contours of this "medieval linguistics" become clear in the
comparison with two further approaches to linguistic theory - four tracts
by medieval Icelandic grammarians and Saussure's "Cours de linguistique
générale" as a fundamental work in modern linguistics. The comparison then
leads to a fundamental epistemological reflection on a possible typology of
theoretical constructs in linguistics.