The inflectional morphology of Romance languages often receives attention, but genuinely comparative, interpretative, pan-Romance, overviews remain rare. The project will provide a general description of the structure of the Romance verb paradigm, but the central research question is the true extent of ‘morphomic’, autonomously morphological, structures in the Romance inflectional system, and their importance in diachronic change in the paradigmatic system.
“Greek Studies in 15th Century Europe” is a Marie Curie individual research project held by Dr. Paola Tomè and financed by the European Union at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages in Oxford. A new website of the project has been launched, featuring the most important research topics and information about ongoing events, activities, resources and people involved.
Books printed between 1450 (the year of Gutenberg’s invention of modern printing) and 1500 (conventional cut-off date in scholarship) are known as incunabula. Some 30,000 editions are known today, in some 450,000 surviving copies, located in about 4,000 different public libraries, mostly in Europe and North America.
This project proposes for the first time to use the traded objects themselves, 15th-century books which still survive in their thousands, as essential and unquestionable evidence of the booktrade, to substantially complement current research on the booktrade based almost solely on scattered documentary evidence (printers contracts, litigations, booksellers stock lists, wills etc.).