Dr. Valerie M. Wilhite
Introduction to Medieval Latin
This course offers music students an introduction to Medieval Latin, the language of the Church and intellectual thought throughout Europe, the mother of Romance languages, and the language of the literary traditions that would serve as the model for the literature in vernacular languages.
During the course students will:
- Study the grammatical construction of the language: treatment of nouns and pronouns with the case system, that is what most distinguishes it from the modern Romance Languages and English
- Review basic features distinguishing the pronunciation of medieval Latin from Classical Latin and some distinctions between the pronunciations in different regions
- Create a method to allow for quick sight translation as well as understanding the methodology behind more laborious practices of translation
- Get acquainted with the sources useful to the study of Latin and its translation with special attention to those available online
- Examine the transformation of the language during the Middle Ages and its ramification into the group of romance languages
As a final project students will produce a translation with commentary of brief passages from the Parisiana poetriaof Johannes de Garlandia (c. 1234), and De musicae of Johannes de Grocheio (end of 13th century), and a stanza of one of the songs from the Carmina Burana collection.
Languages: English and Spanish