Bilingualism and Preaching in Late-Medieval England
Publication Year: 1994
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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Chapter 1: Macaronic Literature
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Any society or social group in which at least some members are more or less fluent in more than one language tends to produce "texts," both oral and written, that mix languages in one form or another. Thus, when two of the heirs of Charlemagne's empire, after years of civil war, came to an agreement, they confirmed it with oaths spoken in the language...
Chapter 2: Types of Bilingual Sermons
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Such sermons as the one quoted in the previous chapter were only part of a larger field of sermons in which two languages--Latin and English, for our purposes--appear side by side. Of the sermons produced in England during the century from 1350 to 1450, a high percentage show some degree of such mixture. The amount of English in them may be...
Chapter 3: The Manuscripts
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The forty-three sermons I have classified as fully macaronic are found in thirteen separate manuscripts, which must now be examined in some detail. In this chapter I discuss the company the macaronic sermons keep, the kind of manuscripts that have preserved them, and the occasions, purposes, intended audiences, and authorship or at least affiliation of the...
Chapter 4: Macaronic Sermons
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As we turn to fully macaronic sermons in particular and examine features already discussed in chapter 3--such as the makeup of individual manuscripts and the authorship, audience, and occasions of the sermons they preserve--the following pages may at first appear somewhat repetitive, but they will soon yield a more finely-tuned characterization of...
Chapter 5: Macoronic Texture
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The sermons studied here are compositions whose basic fabric is in Latin but in which parts appear in English. The latter should not be thought of as foreign elements woven into the basic fabric; the strands of the fabric themselves change here and there from one language to the other. I will now examine this macaronic texture more closely by looking at...
Chapter 6: Bilingualism in Action
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Though the rhetorical art of the passage quoted at the end of the preceding chapter does not appear consistently on every page of every macaronic sermon, it is sufficiently widespread to suggest, together with the preachers' use of sophisticated structural devices typical of the scholastic sermon, that these sermons are products of deliberate rhetorical...
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Appendix A: Inventories of Manuscripts and Sermons
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Appendix B: Sermon S-07, Amore langueo
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Appendix C: Sermon O-07, De celo querebant
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Appendix D: Sermon W-154, Quem teipsum facis
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Appendix E: Statistical Table
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Page Count: 376
Publication Year: 1994