Renæssanceforum 7 • 2011

Johann Ramminger
Half of (which?) Latin: the Lemmata of Perotti's Cornu copiae

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Perotti claims that the Cornu copiae contains "about half of the Latin language"; it is certainly the most comprehensive and well-documented fifteenth-century reconstruction of the Latin lexicon of antiquity. In addition, Perotti pays attention to medieval and post-medieval innovations (i.e. neo-Latin). Some phenomena are discussed and rejected, others are accepted with caution. The paper analyzes the chronological distribution of the lemmata and discusses the criteria employed by Perotti in their selection.