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Germanic Languages

(856 words)

Author(s): Ursula Schaeffer
Geographically, the Germanic-speaking language area in the Middle Ages roughly coincided with the present-day extent of Germanic languages in Europe. These languages shared common features, three of w…
Date: 2016-08-09

English Literature

(3,818 words)

Author(s): Ursula Schaeffer
Among all the European vernacular literatures of the Middle Ages, English literature occupies a unique position, for two very different reasons (→Anglo-Saxon and Hiberno-Scottish regions). To be sure,…
Date: 2016-08-09

Vernacular Literatures

(2,803 words)

Author(s): Ursula Schaeffer
Methodological Considerations The very name "vernacular literature(s)" implies a contrast with the Latin literature of the Middle Ages. By a conservative estimate, vernacular texts make up perhaps five …
Date: 2016-08-09

Languages

(1,259 words)

Author(s): Ursula Schaeffer
In the course of the Middle Ages – sooner or later – from a philological point of view the contours of what are now called "national languages" become visible. They do so, however, in quite different …
Date: 2016-08-09