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Vulcanius And His Network Of Language Lovers. De Literis Et Lingua Getarum Sive Gothorum (1597)

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In 1597, Bonaventura Vulcanius published De literis et lingua Getarum sive Gothorum, a remarkable opusculum containing a number of various language specimens. This chapter demonstrates that Vulcanius was a typical exponent of Renaissance Protestant plurilinguism, although some striking differences with the works of his Dutch contemporaries will be highlighted as well. As far as Vulcanius views on language are concerned, one has to rely mainly on the concise dissertation. In Vulcanius eyes, languages that were closely related to Dutch could provide inspiration for coining new Dutch words. Vulcanius dissertation could be regarded as a similar publication, and thus entirely expected, but in the Netherlands it was highly innovative.

Keywords: Bonaventura Vulcanius; Dutch; Getarum Sive Gothorum; Renaissance

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