Juan de Valdés, Diálogo de la lengua

Edited by K. Anipa

Critical Texts 38

Modern Humanities Research Association

1 December 2014  •  146pp

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Valdés’s Diálogo de la lengua occupies a special position in 16th-century humanism; but the work is dogged by many problems. It is commonly misunderstood, whereby, to most scholars, it is literature-cum-literary critique; to some, trivial scribbles of no significance, and, to others, it was only meant to help Valdés’s Italian followers understand his religious teachings. These long-standing beliefs have changed substantially, over the past two decades, replaced by the fact that the Diálogo was essentially a sociolinguistic treatise steeped in the ideology of standard language and its conflicting pressures on a highly stratified society and on contemporary geopolitics, a treatise composed for the Spanish ruling elite as they contemplated a well-nurtured language for their Empire.

The change in the conceptualization of the work requires a shift in the traditional perception of it and how it is studied and used. That, in turn, requires a reliable edition that facilitates research — on phonology, grapho-phonology, morphology, morpho-phonology, syntax, morpho-syntax, lexico-semantics, stylistics, discourse, macro- and micro-Sociolinguistics, and sociolinguistic behaviour — into the book’s object language and metalanguage. Such an edition should make a case for recognition of the treatise first and foremost as a linguistic endeavour, rather than a literary one. These are what the present edition has done, in addition to providing fresh information and asking questions about the source manuscript favoured by scholars. It should prove invaluable to a wide range of scholars in 16th-century studies.

K. Anipa (BA Hons University of Ghana, PhD Cambridge) is Lecturer in Linguistics and Spanish at the University of St Andrews, in the United Kingdom.

Reviews:

  • ‘Professor Anipa has produced a skillful linguistic textual analysis and placed it in solid historical context ... All scholars and graduate students in the fields of Spanish linguistics, literature, and history will benefit from this work.’ — Daniel A. Crews, Renaissance Quarterly 69, 2016, 220
  • ‘This diplomatic edition of Juan de Valdés's Dialogo de la Lengua will be of particular interest for Valdesian scholars, but is well worth careful consideration by late medievalists and early modernists working on language and linguistics, geopolitical and cultural exchanges between Italy and Spain, and those exploring the regional tensions in Iberia in terms of cultural, religious and political supremacy.’ — Ana Grinberg, Sixteenth Century Journal XLVII.2, 2016, 481-82

Contents:

i-viii
Front Matter
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ix-ix
Table of Contents
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x-x
Acknowledgements
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1-31
Introduction
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32-32
Editions of the Diálogo
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33-34
Preliminary Folio
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35-43
Dialogo de la lengua: Prologo: De la autoridad linguística
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44-53
Primera Parte: Del origen de la lengua
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54-61
Segunda parte: De la gramatica
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62-82
Terçera parte: De las letras a donde entra la orgografia
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83-84
Quarta parte: De las sylabas
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85-107
Quinta parte: De los vocablos
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108-111
Sesta parte: Del estilo
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112-123
Septima parte: De los libros
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124-130
Vltimo: De la conformidad de las lenguas
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131-134
Select Bibliography
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135-136
Back Matter
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Bibliography entry:

Anipa, K. (ed.), Juan de Valdés, Diálogo de la lengua, Critical Texts, 38 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2014)

First footnote reference: 35 Juan de Valdés, Diálogo de la lengua, ed. by K. Anipa, Critical Texts, 38 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2014), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Anipa, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Anipa, K. (ed.). 2014. Juan de Valdés, Diálogo de la lengua, Critical Texts, 38 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Anipa 2014: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Anipa 2014: 21.

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