Understanding Medieval Latin with the Help of Middle Dutch

Magistri Symonis (?) Questiones secunde partis Doctrinalis Alexandri de Villa Dei First Critical Edition from the Manuscript with Introduction, Appendices and Indexes


Editor: E.P. Bos
How advanced students in the 15th century learned to understand Latin with the help of Middle Dutch becomes clear in Master Simon’s (?) commentary in the form of questions on the famous medieval didactical poem on grammar Doctinale of Alexander de Villa Dei. The master discusses notions such as the six cases of Latin (nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, vocative and ablative), construction, impediments of construction, and participles. The author has a conceptualist approach of language and criticizes interpretations by realists (Modists). He refers to other important medieval grammars, viz. Commentary on Priscian attributed to Peter Helias, Compendium de modis significandi attributed to Thomas of Erfurt, the Metrista, the Regulae Puerorum and the Florista.

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Egbert P. Bos, Ph. D. (1980) is Professor Emeritus of medieval logic and semantics at Leiden University. He has published books and articles on 14th-century logic and semantics, including Nicholas of Amsterdam, Commentary on the Old Logic (Benjamins, 2016).
Introduction  1  About This Commentary  2  The Date of the Commentary  3  The Author  4  The Place of Origin of the Commentary  5  The Form of the Commentary by Questions and of the Gloss-Commentary  6  The Nature of Our Commentary and Its Relation to Middle Dutch  7  About the Edition
Appendix to the Introduction
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Appendix Bibliography Index of Names Index of Terms Index of Places
All interested in the history of Latin grammar, especially of the 15th century.