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A Primer on the Language Theory of St. Augustine

The Literal Level. Distinguished Dissertations 140

By (author) Daniel J. Voiku
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 1st Jan 1997
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773422307
ISBN-13: 9780773422308
Barcode No: 9780773422308
This study seeks to demonstrate that, of the four levels of interpretation associated with analysis of medieval literature, the literal level is the most sophisticated and difficult for the modern mind to understand. It combines considerations taken up under the headings of linguistics, semantics, epistemology, aesthetics, grammar, logic and theology. The book, through a close reading of the works, traces the connections between Augustine's thought and issues in modern composition, linguistics, and language theory, asserting that the basic Christian conception - Augustine's conception - of literacy in the tradition of the liberal arts has been lost to the modern age.

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