Journal article
Reflection on Languages in Missions. The Significance of Communication in the Reflections concerning the Theory of Language by Jose de Acosta S.J. and Antonio Ruiz de Montoya S.J.



Publication Details
Authors:
Dürr, R.
Publication year:
2010
Journal:
Geschichte und Gesellschaft
Pages range:
161-196
Volume number:
36
Start page:
161
End page:
196
ISSN:
0340-613X

Abstract
In European tradition the abundance of languages was considered as a punishment from God and thought to be the work of the Holy Spirit. Due to the widespread eschatological worldview in the 16th century, it is easy to comprehend the challenge associated with the acquisition of the various languages and cultures in the New World. This article scrutinizes the language theories of two Jesuits, Jose de Acosta (1540 - 1600) and Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (1585 - 1652), that have to be understood in the setting of humanistic reflection on languages and that were groundbreaking for the understanding of language and meaning by addressing the essence of communication

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