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The Lingua Ignota, "brought forth" by the twelfth-century German nun Hildegard of Bingen, provides 1012 neologisms for praise of Church and new expression of the things of her world. Noting her visionary metaphors, her music, and various medieval linguistic philosophies, Higley examines how the "Unknown Language" makes arid signifiers green again. This text, however, is tThe Lingua Ignota, "brought forth" by the twelfth-century German nun Hildegard of Bingen, provides 1012 neologisms for praise of Church and new expression of the things of her world. Noting her visionary metaphors, her music, and various medieval linguistic philosophies, Higley examines how the "Unknown Language" makes arid signifiers green again. This text, however, is too often seen in too narrow a context: glossolalia, angelic language, secret code. Higley provides an edition and English translation of  its glosses in the Riesencodex (with assistance from the Berlin MS) , but also places it within a history of imaginary language making from medieval times to the most contemporary  projects  in efforts to uncover this woman’s bold involvement in an intellectual and creative endeavor that spans centuries....

Title : Hildegard of Bingen's Unknown Language: An Edition, Translation, and Discussion
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ISBN : 9781403976734
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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Hildegard of Bingen's Unknown Language: An Edition, Translation, and Discussion Reviews

  • Lindoula
    2018-12-25 16:03

    The title is quite misleading. You'd never guess from it that a good deal of the book is about invented languages and their history - not just Lingua Ignota. The contents are fascinating, but a better title might have made this book more noticeable to its intended audiences.The writing does jump around quite a bit, and sometimes the author seems to forget that she's writing for other people, rather than a conversation inside her own head. For example, the author will say things like, "As we know, it's not a secret language," but forget that, no, the audience doesn't know that yet. She does eventually give her evidence. However, overall it's a very good read, and I learned a lot from the book.