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Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose$
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Tobias Reinhardt, Michael Lapidge, and J. N. Adams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263327

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263327.001.0001

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‘Langues réduites au lexique’? The Languages of Latin Technical Prose

‘Langues réduites au lexique’? The Languages of Latin Technical Prose

(p.287) ‘Langues réduites au lexique’? The Languages of Latin Technical Prose
Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose

D. R. Langslow

British Academy

This chapter discusses the characteristics of technical prose in some modern languages as well as in Latin. It specifically aims to question the assertion that Latin technical languages are nothing more than sets of technical terms, and to touch on one or two aspects of Latin technical prose in antiquity and the early Middle Ages. Throughout, the focus is mainly on linguistic features other than the terminology, although part of the argument is that vocabulary is inseparably intertwined with syntax and style. The chapter starts with the question of the definition of technical languages and the scope of their study, and then provides a contention that Latin technical languages are not simply sets of lexical items.

Keywords:   Latin languages, Latin technical prose, Middle Ages, antiquity, syntax, style

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