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Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.001.0001

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Commentaries on Priscian, CA. 1080 to CA. 1150

Commentaries on Priscian, CA. 1080 to CA. 1150

Glosule, Note dunelmenses, William of Conches

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(p.376) Commentaries on Priscian, CA. 1080 to CA. 1150
Source:
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Author(s):
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0021

This chapter discusses Glosule and Note dunelmenses, two Priscian commentaries written by William of Conches written between ca. 1080 and ca. 1150. The Glosule and the related glosses inspired William's commentary on Priscian's Institutiones grammaticae, which deals with theoretical questions related to grammar. The Glosule was intended to harmonise grammatical concepts with contemporary interest in logic, mainly by exploring such issues as the purposes of the various parts of speech. William's commentary also offers a theoretical analysis of syntax and the arrangement of the parts of speech based on natural order.

Keywords:   grammar, Glosule, Note dunelmenses, Priscian, commentaries, William of Conches, glosses, Institutiones grammaticae, logic, parts of speech

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