Volume 11, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN 0302-5160
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9781
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SUMMARYLike most Romance scholars of his generation, Ramon Menendez Pidal was an accomplished etymologist. In most instances, his etymological verdicts enter into broader historico-grammatical, dialectological, and narrowly philological investigations, from which they can be laboriously distilled. Nevertheless, one also discovers exercises, of varying length, in 'pure etymology'. The most important, among these, are (a) a string of etymological notes which appeared as a single article in a French journal, in 1900; (b) the book-length glossary included in his monumental edition of the Cantar de Mio Cid (1908-11); (c) the extended review article (1920) devoted to the original edition of W. Meyer-Lubke's Romanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch; and (d) a major section of the Origenes del español — the book that marks the author's summit in matters of linguistic analysis and betrays a thoroughly personal style. The material subjected to assessment shows the major progress achieved by the author in a quarter-century of continued growth.RÉSUMÉComme la plupart des romanistes de sa generation, Ramon Menendez Pidal fut un etymologiste accompli. Dans la plupart des cas, ses solutions ety-mologiques s'integrent dans des recherches plus vastes, d'ordre historico-grammatical, dialectologique et directement philologique, d'ou il est difficile de les extraire separement. Cependant, on decouvre aussi, de longueur tres diverse, des 'exercices de pure etymologie'. Les plus importantes en sont a) une serie de notes etymologiques, parue en article dans une revue franchise en 1900; b) le glossaire, aussi long qu'un ouvrage, que contient son edition monu-mentale du Cantar de Mio Cid (1908-1911); c) 1'ample article — compte rendu consacre a la premiere edition du Romanisches etymologisches Worterbuch de W. Meyer-Liibke; et d) une partie importante des Origenes del espanol, ouvrage qui constitue le sommet de l'oeuvre du chercheur en matiere d'ana-lyse linguistique et revele un style tout a fait personnel. Les materiaux evalues montrent le proces capital accompli par l'auteur en un quart de siecle de crois-sance ininterrompue.


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