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  • In his De vulgari eloquentia he wrote in Latin: "nam alii oc, alii si, alii vero dicunt oil" ("some say òc, others say sì, others say oïl"), thereby highlighting three major Romance literary languages which were well known in Italy, based on each language's word for "yes", the òc language (Occitan), the oïl language (French), and the sì language (Italian).

    When "yes" and "no" become complex

  • Steven Botterill, ed., Dante: De vulgari eloquentia Cambridge, U.K.

    The Great Experiment

  • The relevant passage from De vulgari eloquentia (which Dante wrote in Latin), is from a translation by A.J. Ferrers Howell (London: J.M. Dent, 1934): On account of the Confusion of Tongues…we have no slight reason for thinking that men were at that time first scattered through all the climes of the world and the habitable regions and corners of those climes.

    The Great Experiment

  • Chapter Three: "A terrigenis mediocribus": The De vulgari eloquentia and the Babel of Vaticano 3793.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • He then looks at how an anthology like Vat. 3793 is made up of quires representing particular geographical regions and puts such an extended discussion beside an analysis of the De vulgari eloquentia.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • The tower of Babel is described by Dante in De vulgari eloquentia as a 'turris confusionis' 1.

    Babel, dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu (2006)

  • Sapientia et magnitude animi, qua omnes res humanae tenues et pro nihilo putantur, et in cogitando vis quaedam ingenii, et ipsa eloquentia admirationis habet non minus, jucunditatis minus.

    An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals

  • Prudentius, an erstwhile admirer of Scottus, published an opposing treatise, which, while acknowledging his ˜Irish eloquence™ (Celtica eloquentia, PL CXV 1194a), dismisses Eriugena's reasoning as confused and not based on sound knowledge of scripture.

    John Scottus Eriugena

  • Cornelius Tacitus saith of Augustus Caesar: Augusto profluens, et quae principem deceret, eloquentia fuit.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • But Seneca giveth an excellent check to eloquence, Nocet illis eloquentia, quibus non rerum cupiditatem facit, sed sui.

    The Advancement of Learning


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