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Re: VMs: Occitan months...?

Hi everyone,

At 17:14 18/07/2004 -0400, Bruce Grant wrote:
According to the introduction of that book, the term "Occitan" is a 19th century coinage - in the 17th century the language was called "Provencal" in English, while in medieval times it was referred to by its speakers as "proensal", "lemozin" or "romans" at different times. The term "lengua d'oc" may or may not refer to this language.

As is nearly always the case, the Wikipedia entry for "Occitan" covers most of the important ground here: suffice to say that I don't think I'm in any way unusual in using the term "Occitan" to cover the whole family of dialects/languages (including Provencal, etc).

However, what particularly interests me is that Occitan did not (pre-20th century) appear to have any academic agenda/ideology supporting its stylisation or mode of expression - and so remained fluid and oral. FWIW, I see it more as a Lingua Franca-style deposit of a French cultural microcosm talking to itself across its internal geographic boundaries - and perhaps this kind of viewpoint may give us the leverage needed to help place our zodiac writer in both time and place. :-o

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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