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By Alexis de Tocqueville

A robust new translation of de Tocqueville's influential examine the origins of contemporary France during this penetrating examine, Alexis de Tocqueville considers the French Revolution within the context of France's historical past. de Tocqueville nervous that even though the progressive spirit used to be nonetheless alive and good, liberty was once not its basic target. simply because the first Republic had fallen to Napoleon and the second one had succumbed to his nephew Napoleon III, he feared that every one destiny revolutions may well adventure a similar destiny, ceaselessly imperiling the advance of democracy in France.

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Rather than seeing metaphor as part of the basic semantic structure of language, grammatical theory posits two zones or fields of meaning: one, the semantic field ‘proper’ (proprius) to a word, that is, ‘its own’ meaning, and the other, a field not belonging to the word but of some other, to which the word shifts in its ‘transfer’ of semantic field. These semantic fields were then broken down into two simple categories, animate and inanimate (literally, that which has, or does not have, an anima), thus yielding the four possible kinds of transfer.

The insistence of William of Conches on the causae inventionis was a harbinger of this fresh approach, and as early as 1150 Dominicus Gundissalinus, in Toledo and close to Arabic influence, had explored the idea of a universal grammar. In a commentary on Priscian minor by a ‘Master Jordan’ this reorientation is fully reflected, the change being apparent even in its opening words: ‘Linguistic science [sermocinalis sciencia], since it treats of language, is subdivided in the same way as language; for as Aristotle says in the second part of his De anima, sciences are to be divided after the manner of the things [of which they treat]’ (Grabmann, ‘Jordanus’, p.

29–33) [The first declension gives -as, -es and -a to its nominatives, and certain Hebrew proper names with -am, giving the diphthong -ae to genitives and datives. ] The Doctrinale was enormously popular for some three centuries. Like Priscian it attracted glosses and commentaries, and it was eventually apotheosised into the Paris curriculum in place of Priscian in 1366. For serious thirteenth-century teaching grammars in prose we must, however, turn to the more pragmatically oriented Italian universities.

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