This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."
Le chansonnier français de la Burgerbibliothek de Berne
Analyse et description du manuscrit et édition de 53 unica anonymes
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 368
The Berne song book originates from the last third of the 13th century and is often considered marginal because of the Lorraine dialect and the corrupted delivery. Here it is analysed in depth for the first time. It includes a linguistic and material analysis of the manuscript followed by a new edition of 53 anonymous poems. Each poem is presented as a diplomatic transcription with critical editorial commentary. A synoptic index allows the reader to place the manuscript within the wider context of the written tradition of older northern French poetry.