How Linguistics Can Help the Historian

How Linguistics Can Help the Historian

by Anthony Harvey




Use the science of linguistics to analyse not what is expressed in a historical document but how it is expressed to shed light on historical events.Composers of documents, ancient or modern, may suppress, spin, or downright corrupt the truth but the fact is that the medium in which they are doing this is always some language or other; and this language, whichever tongue it may happen to be and at whatever epoch, gives out all sorts of signals and clues aside from what is actually being expressed propositionally in its words.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911479697
Publisher: Royal Irish Academy
Publication date: 05/04/2021
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 4.33(w) x 7.09(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

Dr Anthony Harvey is Editor of the Royal Irish Academy's Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources (DMLCS) and Project Leader of the St Patrick's Confessio Hyperstack activity ( He has been part of the DMLCS project since 1985 and Editor since 1990.

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