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date: 03 June 2020

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This article deals with the development of pedagogical grammar from Late Antiquity to the early modern period. The unrivalled authority for elementary grammar was Donatus’ Ars minor, which provided a model for numerous other works well into the early modern period. Its systematic presentation of the word classes offered a basic framework, which the subsequent generations of grammarians reworked and supplemented with paradigms, Christian examples, and vernacular glosses. Elements from other ancient grammatical genres, parsing and regulae-grammars, were also integrated into its method, and commentaries continued to be written on all levels of teaching. Verse grammars were a peculiarly medieval innovation, being designed to supplement the study of Donatus. Its most popular representative, Alexander de Villa Dei’s Doctrinale, received more than 300 editions between 1470 and 1520. The introduction of a section on syntax into pedagogical grammars was among the major innovations of medieval grammar.

Keywords: medieval syntactical theory, parsing grammar, verse grammar, regulae-grammar, grammatical commentary

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