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Diacronia 14, December 12, 2021, art. A201 (p. 1–14)https://doi.org/10.17684/i14A201en

The first mathematics textbook printed in Moldavia. Elementi aritmetice arătate firești (Iași, 1795)

Liliana Soare

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Faculty of Letters, University of Pitești, Str. Gh. Doja 41, 110253 Pitești, Romania

History

Received September 15, 2021
Accepted October 7, 2021
Published December 12, 2021

Key words

Amfilohie Hotiniul
Italian influence
mathematics
translation

Abstract

The first mathematics textbook printed in Moldavia (Iași, 1795) was not sufficiently examined, although the translation offers us valuable information on the Italian influence on the Romanian language and a precious linguistic material as regards both the configuration of the Romanian literary language in Moldavia at the end of the 18th century and the constitution of mathematical terminology. The linguistic material excerpted reflects phonetic and morphologic norms specific of the author’s dialect, sometimes going beyond the criteria illustrated by the local tradition, especially in the morphosyntax field. The lack of a terminological tradition is to be observed in the high number of un-adapted terms, semantic loans and old terms. Amfilohie’s intense activity of translating from Italian (the scholar being a genuine forerunner of the Italianate movement in Moldavia) is proof of the depths of the cultural contacts with the western world, resulting in the intensification of the renewing of the Romanian vocabulary by assimilating Latin-Romance borrowings in general and Italian ones, in particular.

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    Text:Soare, L. (2021). The first mathematics textbook printed in Moldavia. Elementi aritmetice arătate firești (Iași, 1795), Diacronia 14 (December 12), A201 (1–14), https://doi.org/10.17684/i14A201en
    BibTeX:@ARTICLE{soare2021,
     author = {Liliana Soare},
     title = {The first mathematics textbook printed in Moldavia. Elementi aritmetice arătate firești (Iași, 1795)},
     journal = {Diacronia},
     ISSN = {2393-1140},
     year = {2021},
     month = {December},
     number = {14},
     eid = {A201},
     doi = {https://doi.org/10.17684/i14A201en},
     pages = "(1–14)",
     url = {https://www.diacronia.ro/journal/issue/14/A201/en}
    }

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