Guardians of language : twenty voices through history by Florian Coulmas

By Florian Coulmas

This booklet offers an obtainable account of the origins and conceptual foundations of language coverage. Florian Coulmas discusses the effect of twenty intellectuals from medieval to fashionable occasions, and from numerous cultures, who've taken factor with language, its use, improvement, and political strength. those 'guardians of language' diversity from well known figures similar to Dante, Noah Webster, and Gandhi, to much less recognized members reminiscent of the Spanish grammarian Antonio de Nebrija and Senegalese baby-kisser and poet Leopold Sedar Senghor. each one bankruptcy starts off via supplying heritage details at the student whose paintings is being reviewed and ends with a precis of his key suggestions on language within the type of an imaginary interview.

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29, p. 79. de/ 4 For both works, see Keil (1961: 261–94 (Bede) and 295–312 (Alcuin). 5 These terms were first used and theoretically defined by Kloss (1966). 6 Alcuin, preface to De grammatica, quoted from Irvine (1994: 319). 7 Alcuin, De doctrina christiana, quoted from Irvine (1994: 326). 8 De litteris colendis; cf. n. 3. 9 Page (1909: 83). 10 Alcuin in a letter to Charlemagne, quoted from Shipley Duckett (1951: 224). 11 ‘Hic interserere caveant sua frivola verbis. / Frivola nec propter erret et ipsa manus, / correctosque sibi quaerant studiose libellos / tramite quo recto penna volantis eat.

It is better, in truth, to do well than to know; yet knowing is prior to doing. Therefore each man must learn that which he desires to carry out, and the soul will more fully understand its duty when the tongue declares the praises of Almighty God without offence of falsities. 7 OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/12/2015, SPi Alcuin of York Now falsities are to be avoided by all men; but much more, so far as is humanly possible, by those who are openly called to this one thing, the singular serving of truth.

Therefore each man must learn that which he desires to carry out, and the soul will more fully understand its duty when the tongue declares the praises of Almighty God without offence of falsities. 7 OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/12/2015, SPi Alcuin of York Now falsities are to be avoided by all men; but much more, so far as is humanly possible, by those who are openly called to this one thing, the singular serving of truth. Of late years writings have frequently been sent to us from monasteries, telling us that the brethren are diligent for us in holy and pious prayer.

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