Onomasiological Dictionary of Old Gascon
Dictionnaire onomasiologique de l‘ancien gascon (DAG)
The Research Unit is in the process of compiling a terminological dictionary of the language employed in medieval south-western France: Old Gascon. The legitimacy of designating Gascon as the fourth language area of Galloromania is substantiated by its early independent evolution from late spoken Latin. The specific features of (Proto-)Gascon were fully formed by the year 600.
The DAG draws upon early Gascon scripts ranging from the very first texts in the 11th century to the emergence of literary testimonies in the early 14th century. The onomasiological approach structures the lexis of the administrative and legal corpus according to subject, thus at the same time opening up a perspective on society, economy and everyday culture through the eyes of the only Romance language for which we as yet have no dictionary on historical principles, a language that has been signally neglected by research so far.
Coutumes (Weistümer) de Beaumont de Lomagne 1278 from the Livre juratoire (Copy of the 14. century)
The DAG represents a continuation of the compilation of Gascon vocabulary initiated in the Dictionnaires onomasiologiques de l’ancien occitan et gascon (DAO/DAG), but switches its emphasis to the initial stages of written language. The following sections pertaining to the subjects “Universe” (cosmos, earth, plant and animal life), the “Human Animal” (biological/physiological givens and physical needs) and the “Intellect” (intelligence and cognitive faculties) have been published so far: DAO: 10 fascicles; DAOSupplément: 10 fascicles; DAG: 14 fascicles; DAO: Supplément bibliographique; DAO/DAG, Index alphabétique.
The Liste bibliographique des sigles du DAG is constantly being extended and is available online at: www.dag-haw.uni-hd.de.
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Chair of the Commission
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Raible
Head of the Research Unit
Prof. Dr. Martin-Dietrich Gleßgen
Dr. Nicoline Winkler
Dr. Petra Burckhardt
Cristina Dusio, M.A.
Prof. Dr. J.-P. Chambon, Paris
Dr. habil. Jean-Paul Chauveau, Nancy
Prof. Dr. Thomas Field, Baltimore
Department of Romance Studies | University of Heidelberg
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