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Corpus Christianorum
Folchinus de Borfonibus
Cremonina
Grammatica, orthographia et prosodia

C. DeSantis (ed.)
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CLXXIX+336 p., 2 b/w ill., 155 x 245 mm, 2003
ISBN: 978-2-503-05019-5
Languages: Latin, English
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This work presents the first edition and study of the grammatical compendium commonly attributed to Folchino dei Borfoni.  Based on two main manuscripts, it is the first complete modern critical edition of a fourteenth-century Italo-Latin grammar.  Originally intended for teaching Latin to native Italian speakers in Cremona during the last quarter of the fourteenth century, the compendium represents a prime example of medieval linguistic theory on the threshold of Italian Humanism.  The text will interest not only students of the history of education, grammar, linguistics, and the Latin language, but also those interested in Romance languages and historical linguistics due to the many vernacular-Latin translations used to edify Folchino’s rules.  DeSantis opens the volume with an extensive introduction in which she presents her findings on Folchino’s life, previous scholarship, Folchino’s other known works, and manuscript descriptions; she draws on codicological and textual evidence to prove the authenticity of Folchino as the author.  The following chapters include a discussion of Folchino’s sources, an analysis of the methodology, terminology, content and structure of the text, and a study of the language, both Latin and vernacular, used in the text.  An appendix provides a detailed linguistic description of the northern Italian dialect found throughout the grammar.

Review

“D. stellt mit der Edition des abgelegenen Werkes einen nützlichen Referenztext für die weitere Erforschung des spätma. Unterrichtswesens zur Verfügung, den grössere philologische Sorgfalt noch wertvoller gemacht hätte.”

  (Peter Orth, in: Deutsches Archiv, 60, 2004, p. 692)

“Dieser grammatik-, bildungs- und geistesgeschichtlich bemerkenswerte Text hat hier nun eine schätzenswerte ‘editio princeps’ gefunden. Der gelehreten, kenntnisreichen und im allgemeinen sorgfältig arbeitenden Herausgeberin gebührt Dank für die gründliche, umsichtige und benutzerfreundliche Edition.”

(Peter Stotz, in: Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch, 41, 2006, p. 152)

Series Branch:
Corpus Christianorum
Corpus Christianorum Medieval Latin Series
Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis
Interest Classification:
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin language
Latin grammar & dictionaries
Latin literature
Medieval Latin literature

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