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‘That melodious linguist’: Birds in Medieval Christian and Islamic Cosmography

“Birds,” writes Albertus Magnus, “generally call more than other animals. This is due to the lightness of their spirits.”

Island Words, Island Worlds: The Origins and Meanings of Words for ‘Islands’ in North-West Europe

This paper proposes the notion that words mirror ideas, perspectives and world- views. Etymologies and meanings of general words for ‘islands’ in a number of languages in North and West Europe are then discussed.

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