Russell, Paul






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Russell, Paul, “Distinctions, foundations and steps: the metaphors of the grades of comparison in medieval Latin, Irish and Welsh grammatical texts”, Language & History 63 (2020): 47–72.

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“Distinctions, foundations and steps: the metaphors of the grades of comparison in medieval Latin, Irish and Welsh grammatical texts”
Periodical
Language & History 63 (2020)
Language & History 63 – The history of linguistic ideas in medieval Ireland and Wales: proceedings of the 2018 Colloquium of the Henry Sweet Society in memory of Professor Anders Ahlqvist (2020).
Volume
63
Pages
47–72
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Abstract (cited)
While the ‘grades’ of comparison is a familiar term, it is argued in this paper that a more thorough-going appreciation of a metaphor which originally had to do with steps allows us better to understand the development of the terminology of the grades of comparison as it moved from the Latin grammarians, especially Donatus and the commentators on his original work, into the medieval vernacular Irish and Welsh grammars. The architectural basis of the terminology, then, once identified, may help to clarify the use of such terms as Old Irish etargaire and how in Welsh grwndwal (lit.) ‘ground-wall’ came to be used of the positive form of the adjective.
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Middle Welsh Old Irish Old English
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History, society and culture
Agents
DonatusDonatus
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Muiredach of Auxerre and MetzMuiredach of Auxerre and Metz (fl. 9th century) – also known from Latin sources as Murethach or Muridac; Irish grammarian and author of a commentary on Donatus’s Ars maior.
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Sedulius ScottusSedulius ScottusNo short description available
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TatwineTatwine
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ÆlfricÆlfric
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Keywords
comparative Donatus equative foundations grades of comparison metaphors positive steps superlative
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen