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Linguistic Theory in the Italian Renaissance
Robert A. Hall, Jr.
Vol. 12, No. 2 (Apr., 1936 - Jun., 1938), pp. 96-107
Published by: Linguistic Society of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/408752
Page Count: 12
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The work of Renaissance scholars on language, especially in Italy, deserves more attention than it has usually received. Certain sixteenth-century writers (Tolomei, Castelvetro, Scaliger, and others) anticipated nineteenth-century developments: firstly, in regarding language as a social phenomenon; secondly, in recognizing change as an essential element of linguistic history; and thirdly, in a more scientific approach, particularly in regard to phonetic law.
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