Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 1(2), pp. 122 - 133
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2013.010210
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The Most Significant Manuscript Sources of Medieval Croatian Vernacular Verse


Kristina Štrkalj Despot*
Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics, Zagreb 10000, Croatia

ABSTRACT

The first part of the article gives a brief overview of the history of Croatian literacy up to the first written record of poetry in the Old Croatian language. The second part of the article is an overview of the four most important collections of early Croatian verse written in the Old Croatian language: the Glagolitic Parisian Songbook (1380), Picić's Hymnal in Latin script (1471), Klimantović’s Glagolitic cycle of eschatological poems (1501–1514), and the Osor-Hvar Miscellany (1533). Picić’s Hymnal and the Osor-Hvar Miscellany’s entire contents are presented, as they are both trilingual (Croatian – Latin – Italian) and can therefore represent the paradigm of medieval Croatian multilingualism.

KEYWORDS
Medieval Songbooks, Medieval Hymnals, Medieval Miscellanies, Medieval Croatian Verse, Croatian literacy

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Kristina Štrkalj Despot (2013). The Most Significant Manuscript Sources of Medieval Croatian Vernacular Verse . Linguistics and Literature Studies, 1 , 122 - 133. doi: 10.13189/lls.2013.010210.