Origins of Old Germanic Studies in the Low Countries

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This volume deals with the study of Old Germanic languages in the Low Countries, in the seventeenth century. The work of the philologist and lawyer Jan van Vliet (1622-1666) has been taken as a starting point for a discussion of the intellectual background and philological methodology of seventeenth-century investigations into the earliest recorded forms of the Germanic languages.
Van Vliet's activities provide an extraordinary example of the earliest attempts to approach Old Germanic languages from a comparative point of view. The cosmopolitan tradition of philological studies in the Dutch Republic as well as Van Vliet’s great admiration of Francis Junius (1590-1677), the founding-father of Germanic philology, formed the basis for his ideas about vernacular languages. His work allows us a unique insight in the pioneering seventeenth-century studies in Germanic philology.

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Kees Dekker, Pd.D. (1997) in Arts, University of Leiden, is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leiden and a teacher of English philology at the University of Groningen.
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Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The study of Old Germanic languages: the beginnings 9
Ch. 2 Jan van Vliet (1622-1666): vicissitudes of a philologist 58
Ch. 3 Van Vliet's philological kitchen: the primary ingredients 111
Ch. 4 Hactenus mihi fere inaudita: sources and references 160
Ch. 5 Contemporary scholars and influences 189
Ch. 6 Van Vliet's Germanic studies 240
Ch. 7 After Van Vliet 338
Ch. 8 Retrospect 352
App. 1 Jan van Vliet's correspondence 361
App. 2 Van Vliet's dedication to Magnus de la Gardie 388
App. 3 Inventory of Van Vliet's printed works 430
Bibliography 433
Index 471
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