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A Man Of Eight Hearts: Hadrianus Junius And Sixteenth-Century Plurilinguism

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The aim of the present contribution is twofold. A first part briefly discusses Junius' lexicographic realisations as well as outlines their reception. The second, and more original part of this paper argues that Junius' contribution to sixteenth-century linguistics was not confined to these lexicographic achievements. Junius then offers an overview of about sixty Dutch words traced to their alleged Greek origin, including ancker. It has attempted to show what made Junius' Nomenclator such an original and successful lexicographic work. Early modern lexicography is a telling example of the paradox-like contemporary atmosphere of 'international nationalism', since the compilation of dictionaries, many of which were composed to glorify a 'national' language, was generally inspired by 'international' models. Overall, Junius' contribution to sixteenth-century linguistics was broader than his lexicographic work alone.

Keywords: Dutch words; innationalism; Junius; lexicography; Nomenclator; sixteenth-century



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