Medieval Multilingualism: The Francophone World and its Neighbours

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This volume contains essays on various aspects of multilingualism in medieval France, Italy, England, and the Low Countries. The fifteen contributions discuss the use of the different vernaculars and Latin in both literary and non-literary contexts, showing how cultural and social factors determined the choice of language for a particular purpose or type of text. The role of French in non-French contexts is a major theme of these essays: in the British Isles after the Norman Conquest, in Italy as a response to ...
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Overview

This volume contains essays on various aspects of multilingualism in medieval France, Italy, England, and the Low Countries. The fifteen contributions discuss the use of the different vernaculars and Latin in both literary and non-literary contexts, showing how cultural and social factors determined the choice of language for a particular purpose or type of text. The role of French in non-French contexts is a major theme of these essays: in the British Isles after the Norman Conquest, in Italy as a response to the need for mainly secular types of literature which did not exist in Italian, and in the Low Countries by virtue of geographic contiguity and change of rulers. Special attention is paid in the French context to the use of French and Occitan in areas of the South. Some essays examine specific cases or text-corpora, while others examine questions of multilingualism from more theoretical, linguistic, and rhetorical points of view. Together, they form an invaluable introduction to the topic of medieval multilingualism, illustrated by meticulously executed case-studies, which future work in the area will have to take into account.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Introduction: Medieval Francophonia AD Putter Keith Busby 1

Creole Grammar and Multilingual Poetics Mark Amsler 15

Language Labels, Language Change, and Lexis David Trotter 43

Institutions and Multilingualism in the Middle Ages Douglas A. Kibbee 63

Multilingualism in England and Wales, c. 1200: The Testimony of Gerald of Wales AD Putter 83

Aultre manier de language: English Usage as a Political Act in Thirteenth-Century England Mark N. Taylor 107

From Francophile to Francophobe: The Changing Attitude of Medieval Dutch Authors towards French Literature Remco Sleiderink 127

Literary Evidence for Multilingualism: The Roman de Tristan in its Italian Incarnations Gloria Allaire 145

Lecteurs et interprètes des romans arthuriens en Italie: un examen à partir des études récentes Daniela Delcorno Branca 155

Manuscrits en français, italien, et latin entre la Toscane et la Ligurie à la fin du XIIIe siècle: implications codicologiques, linguistiques, et évolution des genres narratifs Fabrizio Cigni 187

Les Aspects de multilinguisme dans Aquilon de Bavière Marie-José Heijkant 219

Aspects of Legal Multilingualism in the States of Savoy Francesco Aimerito 237

The Vernacularization of Late Medieval Sermons: Some French and Italian Examples Carolyn Muessig 267

French and Occitan in Fourteenth-Century Auvergne R. Anthony Lodge 285

Musical Multilingualism in Le Roman de Fauvel (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, MS fonds français 146) Michelle Bolduc 303

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