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Jacob Of Edessa The Grammarian

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This chapter offers several vantage points for a re-evaluation of Jacob of Edessa?s status as an original grammarian. The study of Jacob?s grammatical inquiries reached its climax with the works of Merx (1889) and Moberg (1907), who maintained a larger view of his work, whereas others concentrated on specific topics in it. The chapter discusses the survey of the sources which document parts of Jacob?s teaching in the field of grammar. The relevant linguistic terms used by Jacob of Edessa, collected from most of these writings, are included by and large in Moberg?s terminological appendix to his Buch der Strahlen. Merx identified Jacob?s attempt to follow the Greek grammarians? custom, which orders similar groups in consequent canons according to vowel value and to the alphabetical arrangement of the vowels.

Keywords: Greek grammarians; Jacob of Edessa; Merx; Moberg

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