Collections > Electronic Theses and Dissertations > An Etymological Exploration to Foodstuffs and Utensils: The Sociolinguistic Fortune of Culinary Terms of Apicius' De re coquinaria

This study will trace the sociolinguistic fortune of the culinary terms from Apicius' De re coquinaria into the major medieval romance dialects. As the only cookbook from antiquity, the culinary context of De re coquinaria offers a social context in which we may observe sociolinguistic change and variation from Latin to the major medieval romance dialects. We may observe dialectal phonological and morphological change and variation of the culinary terms, their sociolinguistic stratification based on socially determined variables including class, internal and foreign linguistic borrowing based on prestige and culinary innovation, and diachronic dialectal semantic change. This study will demonstrate ultimately linguistic conservatism or innovation of the culinary terms in the major medieval romance dialects.