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Translation as a search for divine meanings: Fray Francisco Blancas de San José and his grammar of the Tagalog language

Marlon James SALES Monash University The pastoral visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines in January 2015, which gathered the biggest crowd ever assembled for a Papal event in history, has put to fore the nexus between translation and religion in

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Posted in 17th century, Article, History, Missionary Linguistics, Philippines, Translation

Examining material aspects of manuscripts. Part II: Bindings and provenance

Anna Pytlowany University of Amsterdam This is Part II of a series. Part I is here. At first glance, the history of Dutch East India Company (VOC) linguistics is simply a history of texts. Published or not, edited, translated, or

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Posted in 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Article, Europe, Linguistics, Netherlands

‘You don’t see what you don’t know’: examining material aspects of manuscripts (Part I)

Anna Pytlowany University of Amsterdam Part one: Paper, ink, watermarks My interest in manuscripts as material objects was sparked when I started my PhD research into the history of Dutch descriptive linguistics. Ultimately, I want to create a virtual digital

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Posted in 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Article, Europe, History, Netherlands

Teaching language to a boy born deaf in the seventeenth century: the Holder-Wallis debate

Jaap Maat University of Amsterdam 1. The Popham notebook In the summer of 2008, a leather-bound booklet attracted the attention of a member of staff of Warner Leisure Hotels in Littlecote House, near Hungerford, Wiltshire, UK. It looked old, and

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Posted in 17th century, Article, Europe, History

Greetings from the Orient: H.W. Ludolf as a central figure in 17th-cent. language study

Han Lamers (Leiden) & Toon Van Hal (Leuven) Leiden University and University of Leuven This post takes the reader to Ottoman Smyrna (Izmir in present-day Turkey) and Constantinople (now Istanbul) about 1700 A.D. Almost 250 years before, the Eastern-Roman, or

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Posted in 17th century, Anatolia, Article, Germany, History