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Forms and effects of the humanists' grammatical metadiscourse: Valla's Elegantiae and the development of humanist Latin

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  • Camilla Horster
Taking clauses with quia as an example, this article addresses the relationship
between grammatical metadiscourse on how one should compose in Latin and
actual practice among humanist writers in order to shed light on the workings of
grammatical metadiscourse. The investigation compares quantitative data on the
distribution of clauses with quia to Lorenzo Valla’s warnings in his
Elegantiae against the complement use of quia. It is shown how value-laden
and multi-faceted this particular grammatical question is in the humanists’
treatment, and how grammatical discussions interact with linguistic practice as
well as with other topics in humanist metadiscourse.
TidsskriftRenæssanceforum. Tidsskrift for renæssanceforskning
Sider (fra-til)41-61
Antal sider20
StatusUdgivet - 2016
BegivenhedThe metadiscourse of Renaissance Humanism. : Workshop organised by the project ‘Cultural Encounter as a Precondition for European Identity’ - Det Danske Institut, Rom, Italien
Varighed: 26 jan. 201627 jan. 2016


WorkshopThe metadiscourse of Renaissance Humanism.
LokationDet Danske Institut

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