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Word Studies in the Renaissance

Gabriele Stein


The rediscovery of the classical texts of Greek and Latin antiquity, the progress in the sciences, and the immense extension of the geographical knowledge of the world during the Renaissance created an unparalleled need for vocabulary expansion in the European languages. Latin was still the language of learning, but a growing nationalism called for a lexical development in the vernaculars. The printing press made possible the production of dictionaries and their wide dissemination. Sixteenth-century Europe is linguistically characterized by a high productivity in dictionary publications. These ... More

Keywords: Renaissance lexicography, historical lexicology, polyglot dictionaries, multilingual dictionaries, Ambrogio Calepino, Conrad Gesner, Hadrianus Junius, Robertus Stephanus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198807377
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807377.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gabriele Stein, author
Emeritus Professor, University of Heidelberg