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History of linguistics EARLIER HISTORY Non-Western traditions. Linguistic
speculation and investigation, insofar as is known, has gone on in only a small
number of societies. To the extent that Mesopotamian, Chinese, and Arabic
Epic traditions were to a large extent the traditions of the aristocratic families: the
Old French word geste, used for a form of epic that flourished in the ... An oral-
epic tradition usually continues for as long as the nation remains largely illiterate.
The allegorical or symbolic approach that found in Virgil a pre-Christian prophet
and in the Aeneid a narrative of the soul's journey through life to paradise (Rome)
belonged to the same tradition as Dante's allegorical conception of himself and ...
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