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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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Commentary on the Barbarismus (attributed to Robert Kilwardby), CA. 1250

Commentary on the Barbarismus (attributed to Robert Kilwardby), CA. 1250

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(p.724) Commentary on the Barbarismus (attributed to Robert Kilwardby), CA. 1250
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Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Author(s):
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0045

This chapter discusses a commentary on Donatus's Barbarismus, which was attributed to English philosopher and theologian Robert Kilwardby and written around 1250. The commentary deals with the extent and limits of a philosophical approach to language, with particular reference to the division between the disciplines of grammar and rhetoric. More specifically, the commentary draws a distinction between what it considers the strictly linguistic concerns of the grammarian and the emotional concerns of the rhetorician.

Keywords:   commentary, Donatus, Barbarismus, Robert Kilwardby, language, grammar, rhetoric

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