Renæssanceforum 12 • 2017
Da den danske skole satte humanistlatin i system: tempus og modus efter ne og cum
When the Danish School Systematized Humanist Latin: Tempus and Modus after ne and cum
This article presents a pilot study of the use of moods and tenses in Danish humanist Latin after ne and cum. Comparing descriptions in humanist school grammars to linguistic practice, three states of humanist Latin are under investigation in minor text corpora: literary prose from fifteenth-century Italy, literary prose from sixteenth-century Denmark, and entrance exams from the University of Copenhagen (1631-32). The results indicate that the distribution of moods and the sequence of tenses are stable grammatical systems that exist in all three states of Latin, though with less variation in the Danish Latin variants.