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Acta poética

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BENITO VESSELS, Carmen. Value and Crematistics: the Case of Medieval Castillian. Acta poét [online]. 2011, vol.32, n.1, pp.233-278. ISSN 2448-735X.

This essay starts with an overview of the concept of value, and the ways in which it has been shaped through the years by disciplines such as economy, literature, philosophy and philology. Key historical and philosophical moments of crematistic culture in relation to language are pointed out, paying special attention to crematistic expressions produced in Medieval Spanish, a time when words were valued as common goods as well as sources of richness by the three main cultures flourishing in Spain: Christians, Muslims and Jews. The last part offers a list of crematistic expressions in which economic and linguistic values are linked together, taken from two medieval works: Bocados de oro and Poema de Mio Cid. The former, a didactic treatise translated from the Arabic in the 13th century, has as its main topic the value within language. In the latter, crematistic expressions proliferate, but not always refer to monetary issues; rather, their meaning reaches for the realms of language and culture.

Keywords : Medieval Spanish; crematistics; Bocados de Oro; Poema de Mio Cid; value.

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