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Continuity and revival of classical learning<sup>1</sup>

D. Gary Miller

in External Influences on English

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654260
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742064 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654260.003.0007
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Revival of the liberal arts and classical studies at several times was responsible for multiple periods of influx of Greek and Latin loanwords in English. This chapter outlines the works that were influential on the external history of English in connection with the continental background to the events in the British Isles discussed in previous chapters. The main topics are Ecclesiastical Latin, the reforms of Alcuin and Medieval Latin, the Humanistic and Neolatin of the Renaissance, the effects of printing and other factors on standardization, latinate vocabulary in Shakespeare and other literary works, and the technical and scientific terminology in the post‐Renaissance period.

Keywords: liberal arts; classical studies; Greek; Latin; Ecclesiastical Latin; Alcuin Latin; Medieval Latin; printing; standardization; Shakespeare

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Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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