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By Del Bello

Much has been written on allegory as a cognitive tool―a rhetorical machine that's extra a philosophical forma mentis than sheer literary shape. The writings of the classical thinkers, the paintings of Isidore of Seville, and the texts of Renaissance humanists tacitly recognize the rhetorical, argumentative effect of etymology. but appreciation for the perform of etymology continues to be mostly uncharted in smooth works. while famous, it really is perpetually with reservations approximately its medical or cognitive worthy. Isidore of Seville's etymologies, for example, proceed both to be mentioned as curious specimens of medical antiquarianism or altogether pushed aside as semantically and phonologically faulty.

In Forgotten Paths, Davide Del Bello attracts at the insights of Giambattista Vico and examines exemplary texts from classical, medieval, and Renaissance tradition with the motive to track the hyperlinks among etymological and allegorical methods of figuring out, writing, considering, and arguing. Del Bello brings into sharper concentration the hazy contours of etymology with recognize to allegory; assesses the viability of classical and medieval etymologizing as a dynamic cognitive software; and appraises the endurance of an etymologico-allegorical modus operandi from the overdue Enlightenment to postmodernism.

Davide Del Bello is assistant professor of English at Bergamo college in Italy. He got his Ph.D. in English and rhetoric from Northern Illinois University.


"A very attention-grabbing and weird e-book. it's pleasing to work out this classical and humanist feel of etymology as an essential component of suggestion introduced again to life."―Thora Ilin Bayer, RosaMary Professor of Liberal Arts and affiliate Professor of Philosophy, Xavier University

"This elegantly written, brilliantly conceived ebook presents a richly expansive definition of etymology and its relation to allegory. . . . In 8 conscientiously crafted chapters, Del Bello relentlessly retains his eye at the item: the combination of etymology and allegory. . . . it truly is tricky to magnify the worth of this publication for college kids of literature, rhetoric, or the background of idea. Del Bello is an unique philosopher on linguistic issues and a author of substantial skill. Forgotten Paths is either a 'memorable' publication and an everlasting, insightful research of the not easy courting that has constantly existed among language and thought." ― Cithara

"This booklet is basically for aficionados of etymology-based highbrow inquiry, from pre-modern to post-modern. . . . This publication offers its fabric with admirable eloquence and mind's eye. . . . "[T]his monograph does nice carrier to the historical past of etymology through recasting it as a linguistic variation of allegory steadily reworked by way of technology, and may be prized by way of many philosophers of language for venture a hard highbrow trip via a various diversity of authors who're hardly ever learn together." ― Dunstan Lowe, Bryn Mawr Reviews

Students of poetry will locate this a so much attention-grabbing in addition to instructive booklet, whereas expert literary students will realize its significant assumption that etymology comprises an expansive box of matters relating to note origins. . . . Del Bello desires to rescue from oblivion a as soon as energetic and nonetheless powerfully very important element of language in its figurative dimensions, and this makes for an invigorating learn. . . .I am extremely joyful to have learn and discovered from it. . . . [W]henever Forgotten Paths touches a question of idea or a few specific for instance, it yields revealing perception, and accordingly the publication as an entire makes a real contribution to the sphere of hermeneutics."―-Angus Fletcher, Modern Philology

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The variant etymegoros, found in Orphica, is listed with the more poetic sense of “speaking truth” and does not seem to have had the philosophical import of Proclus’s isolated usage. Orphica Argonautica, ed. E. Abel (Leipzig: 1885), A4, 1178. The 1996 supplement to Liddell-Scott also includes the words etymofanos (ejtumovfano~) and etymofas (ejtumofa;~), taken from poetry word lists and both of dubious origin. , those of things remembered or hoped for]. , not by derivation from o[ro~ = mount, but from ojrouvw = I hurl myself ]; either because he actually finds in him evidence of this nature, or because he wants him to become so.

12 THE SCIENCE O F E T Y M O L O G Y posedly signified in the given words. Concern with realia and attention to meaning were the two prevailing attitudes at the time: they underlie the lexicocentric studies of Jules Gilliéron (1854–1926), the witty etymological anecdotes of John Orr (1885–1966), and the monumental compilation of Walther von Wartburg’s (1920–1970) Französiches etymologisches Wörterbuch. ”37 By the first decade of the twentieth century, phonological laws were invoked only indirectly, and various hypotheses dealing with multiple causation gained momentum.

If, as is apparently happening, historical and cultural factors are brought to bear upon linguistics qua science, then it will also be necessary to reconsider the position and the importance of disciplines like philology and etymology independently of purely linguistic, phonological dictates. As Ottavio Lurati puts it, “we are less and less content with a phonetic etymology. ”81 And even stronger would be the justification for philology and etymology in the unlikely event that linguistics, confident in its formalistic thrust, should renounce all claims to an understanding of culture.

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