Ortografia e origem da língua portuguesa. Introdução, notas e leitura de Maria Leonor Carvalhão Buescu.Colecção Temas Portuguesas.

LEÃO, Duarte Nunes de.

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Large 8°, original illustrated wrappers. Fine condition. 335, (1) pp. *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION of this critical rendition of two classic works. The heavily annotated introduction occupies pp. 7-42. The Orthographia da lingoa portuguesa is on pp. 43-186, while the Origem da língua portuguesa takes up pp. 189-329.First published in Lisbon: João Barreira, 1576, the Orthographia da lingoa portuguesa is the first comprehensive treatise on proper Portuguese spelling, and only the second published study of any aspect of the Portuguese language, preceded by Fernão de Oliveira's Portuguese grammar of 1536 (see Saraiva & Lopes, História da literatura portuguesa, 9th ed., p. 25). It can be seen as part of the widespread effort in the sixteenth century to standardize the orthography of vernaculars.First published in Lisbon, 1606, the Origem da língua portuguesa, an early study of the Portuguese language, with discussion of the earliest spoken and written languages in the Peninsula, the development of Portuguese from Latin, words borrowed from Greek, Arabic, French, Italian, German, Hebrew, Syriac and Gothic, words and phrases that are distinctively Portuguese, and why Portuguese is less familiar than Spanish to other Europeans. An interesting section covers "De alguns vocabulos que usão os plebeios, ou idiotas que os homens polidos não devem usar" (pp. 115-7).Both works were collected and reprinted in a combined edition of Lisbon, 1784, and again in 1864.Duarte Nunes de Leão (ca. 1530-1608), whose name often appeared during his lifetime as Duarte Nunez de Lião (which is sometimes also given as Liam), historian, philologist, geographer, and jurisconsult (ca. 1530-1608), was born at Évora and studied civil law at Coimbra. He eventually rose to the position of judge of the Casa da Supplicação (court of appeals). His many other published works include the Repertorio dos cinquo livros das ordenacões (Lisbon, 1560), an important summary of Portuguese laws (updated by his Leis extravagantes, Lisbon, 1569), Chronicas dos Reis de Portugal (Lisbon, 1600), and Decripção do Reino de Portugal (Lisbon, 1610).***. Bookseller Inventory #

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Publisher: Lisbon, Imprensa Nacional, 1983.

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