1887
Volume 17, Issue 3
  • ISSN 0302-5160
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9781
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Abstract

SUMMARYThe purpose of this paper is to throw light on the role of rhetoric as a methodological basis for 17th-century linguistics through a Danish case study. After a presentation of the Danish grammarian Peder Syv (1631-1702) and the main ideas of his text Nogle Betenkninger om det Cimbriske Sprog (Some Reflections on the Cimbric Language), of 1663, a brief characterization of the rhetorical tradition is given with special emphasis on invention and its topical method of inquiry. Through an analysis of the argumentation in Syv's text it is found that the author employs topic inquiry as his fundamental method of investigation, and that his line of argument relies on rhetorical evidence of all three kinds: ethos, pathos, and logos. In conclusion, it is suggested that the sociological theory of rationalization offers an explanation as to why we as modern readers have difficulties appreciating the rhetorical method.RÉSUMÉL'objectif du present article est de mettre en lumiere le role de la rhe-torique comme fondement methodologique de la linguistique au XVIIe siecle a travers une etude de cas danois. Apres une presentation du gram-mairien danois Peder Syv (1631-1702) et des idees principales de son texte Nogle Betenkninger om det Cimbriske Sprog (Quelques reflexions sur la langue cimbrique), publie en 1663, nous donnons une breve caracteristique de la tradition rhetorique, en mettant l'accent sur l'invention et la methode de recherche topique. Par le biais d'une analyse de l'argumentation du texte nous montre que l'auteur emploie l'enquete topique comme methode fondamentale de recherche, et que sa ligne d'argumentation est basee sur les trois types de preuves, portant sur l'ethos, le pathos et le logos. Pour conclure, nous suggerons que la theorie sociologique de la rationalisation permet d'expliquer les raisons pour lesquelles le lecteur d'aujourd'hui eprouve des difficultes dans l'appreciation de la methode rhetorique.
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1990-01-01
2019-09-22
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