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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages$
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Adam Ledgeway and Martin Maiden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.001.0001

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Early evidence and sources

Early evidence and sources

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(p.24) Chapter 3 Early evidence and sources
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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages
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Barbara Frank-Job

Maria Selig

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.003.0003

This chapter critically reviews the nature of early textual evidence and metalinguistic sources for the emergence of the Romance languages, including social variation in (late/medieval) Latin; the methods of internal and comparative reconstruction; the emergence of early vernacular textual traditions (including scriptae and koinés) and their relationship to medieval Latin textual practices; and the contribution of sociohistorical investigations to our understanding of the relationship between Latin and the emergent vernaculars in the Romània. Specific topics dealt with include: ‘pathways’ to vernacular writing traditions; in-scripturation (inserting Romance utterances in Latin texts); in-scripturalization (pragmatic texts in professional contexts, and discourse traditions and cultural memory); writing without focused norms; pragmatic and sociolinguistic recontextualization.

Keywords:   scriptae, koinés, writing, discourse traditions

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