•Most of the linguistic work from the Middle Ages was
focused on grammar, emphasizing
Latin and Greek analyses.
•"Latin remained the language of learning, and its
authority was increased by its
use as the language of patristic literature and of the services and the administration of the western (Roman) Church. This alone
ensured the language a high place,
and linguistic studies in the early years of the Middle Ages were largely represented by studies in Latin
grammar" (Robins 1997:82).
•Isidore of Seville: did etymology and lexicography during the Seventh Century
•Donatus & Priscian: were the principle grammarians of the Middle Ages. All
of their work was based on Latin
translated the Bible into Latin; dealt with the theory of translation (he suggested a sense for sense translation instead of
word for word.
Englishman; wrote an introduction to Old English grammar. He noticed marked differences between Latin and Old English