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Greek Dutch, or Dutch Greek? Explaining the Similarities between the Greek and Dutch Language

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From the early fifteenth century onward, many scholars have attempted to connect their vernacular language to Old Greek or find similarities between the two. In the Renaissance, Greek was the second language to be learned next to Latin. Hence, the Greek language may have prompted the emancipation of the vernacular languages, which might in turn have stimulated the comparisons between Greek and these vernacular languages. For many European scholars, it was an attractive idea to connect their vernacular to the Greek language, which was generally seen as older and therefore more prestigious than Latin. In my paper, I will put special emphasis on the equations made between Greek and Dutch, which remained as yet understudied. In so doing, I will discuss the different explanations of Greek and Dutch similarity put forward by late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Dutch humanists (such as Hadrianus Junius, Johannes Goropius Becanus, and Abraham Mylius).

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Greek language, Dutch language, Dutch humanism, linguistics, etymology, proto-nationalism
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Van Hal, Toon. "Greek Dutch, or Dutch Greek? Explaining the Similarities between the Greek and Dutch Language" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC,, Mar 21, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-11-24 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p524682_index.html>

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Van Hal, T. , 2012-03-21 "Greek Dutch, or Dutch Greek? Explaining the Similarities between the Greek and Dutch Language" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC, <Not Available>. 2014-11-24 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p524682_index.html

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Abstract: From the early fifteenth century onward, many scholars have attempted to connect their vernacular language to Old Greek or find similarities between the two. In the Renaissance, Greek was the second language to be learned next to Latin. Hence, the Greek language may have prompted the emancipation of the vernacular languages, which might in turn have stimulated the comparisons between Greek and these vernacular languages. For many European scholars, it was an attractive idea to connect their vernacular to the Greek language, which was generally seen as older and therefore more prestigious than Latin. In my paper, I will put special emphasis on the equations made between Greek and Dutch, which remained as yet understudied. In so doing, I will discuss the different explanations of Greek and Dutch similarity put forward by late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Dutch humanists (such as Hadrianus Junius, Johannes Goropius Becanus, and Abraham Mylius).


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