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The Liber glossarum. Edition of a Carolingian ecyclopaedia

The Liber glossarum. Edition of a Carolingian ecyclopaedia

Objective

The Liber Glossarum is a very large dictionary (about 30000 entries), compiled in Northern France at the end of the VIIIth c., and combining encyclopaedic, theological, medical and grammatical sources. While being the first European alphabetical dictionary, it is still much neglected by modern scholars, principally because there exist only partial editions from the beginning of the XXth c.
This project aims to provide a full edition of the text, based upon a large number of manuscripts, as well as to try and answer questions relative to its origin (which female monastery ?), its sources (which library was used ?), its link with the Carolingian educational reform movement inspired the Carolingian court.
The edition will be completed within a few years, by a team composed of palaeographers, mediaevalists, and specialists of the various sources from which the authors of the Liber borrowed. The core of the project will be the Website http://liber-glossarum.linguist.univ-paris-diderot.fr/, used as a platform allowing European partners to work easily in common.
Such a complete edition of the Liber glossarum intends to be a solid foundation for future scholarship, allowing also closer examination of the Carolingian manuscript tradition of the great encyclopaedist Isidore of Seville, as well as a better evaluation of the importance of the Liber for the whole lexicographical tradition of the Middle Ages. Its study is of interest from three perspectives : it will provide better knowledge of a tool that was diffused throughout Europe; it will enhance our understanding of the role of well-read women in building the foundations of medieval culture ; and from a linguistic point of view, it will give an overview of the principles at work in the making of European dictionaries.
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Principal Investigator

Anne Grondeux (Mrs.)

Host institution

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

Address

Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 570 709,60

Principal Investigator

Anne Grondeux (Mrs.)

Administrative Contact

Patrick Mounaud (Mr.)

Beneficiaries (2)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 570 709,60

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 374 861,40

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 263577

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2011

  • End date

    31 July 2016

Funded under:

FP7-IDEAS-ERC

  • Overall budget:

    € 945 571

  • EU contribution

    € 945 571

Hosted by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France