Sederi Yearbook 23

Sederi 23
Sederi 23 — 2013
Berta Cano Echevarría & Ana Sáez-Hidalgo
Francisco J. Borge López
ISSN 1135-7789


Rocío G. Sumillera, “Sixteenth-Century Italian, French, Spanish and English Language Learning Material. A Bibliographical Study.” SEDERI 23 (2013): 139-158.


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This bibliographical study offers a list of the first printed language manuals in Western Europe expressly designed to teach a particular foreign language to speakers of a particular tongue. Hence, the study lists references to sixteenth-century grammars, dictionaries and language handbooks with the possible linguistic combinations of Italian, French, Spanish and English, the first three being the most popular modern languages in sixteenth-century Western Europe and hence the most representative ones offering an insight into the foreign language learning map of the time. The bibliographical study is preceded by an introduction to the manner in which foreign tongues were taught and learned in the early modern period, and is completed by a selection of references to secondary sources that have been researched on each linguistic combination.

Keywords: Early modern language manuals; sixteenth-century grammars; sixteenth-century dictionaries.




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Cardim, Luis 1922. Some Notes on the Portuguese-English and English-Portuguese Grammars to 1830. Porto: Tipografia de “A Tribuna.”

Fontainas, Jean Peeters 1965. Bibliographie des impressions espagnoles des Pays-Bas méridionaux. Nieuwkoop: B. de Graaf.

Hüllen, Werner 2001. “Reflections on Language in the Renaissance.” Eds. Martin Haspelmath et al. Language Typology and Language Universals. An International Handbook. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter: 210-222.

Jekel De Jongh, William Frederick 1949. Western Language Manuals of the Renaissance. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

Kibbee, Douglas A. 2000. “Language Instruction for Western European Travelers.” Eds. John Block Friedman et al. Trade, Travel, and Exploration in the Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia. New York-London: Garland: 330-331.

Labarre, Albert 1975. Bibliographie du Dictionnaire d’Ambrogio Calepino 1502-1779. Baden-Baden: Valentin Koerner.

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