Pepijn Hendriks

Innovation in Tradition

Tönnies Fonne’s Russian-German Phrasebook (Pskov, 1607)

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Auteur Pepijn Hendriks
Editeur Rodopi - Brill
Distributeur Editions de Boccard

This study explores the history of the language of a manuscript known as Tönnies Fonne’s Russian-German phrasebook (Pskov, 1607).The phrasebook is not, as many scholars have assumed, the result of the efforts of a 19-year-old German merchant, who came to Russia to learn the language and who recorded the everyday vernacular in the town of Pskov from the mouths of his informants. Nor is it, as other claim, a mere compilation by him of existing material. Instead, the phrasebook must be regarded ...