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

D. R. Langslow

in Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263327
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734168 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

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

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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

Chapter.  7893 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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