Acta Comeniana 33:57-78 (2019)

Friedrich Menius, a German humanist, historian and hermet-icist who called himself “Mercury” because of his permanent exile from Germany to what is today Latvia and then to the provincial town of Dorpat in northern Livonia and later Sweden and his self-identification as a deliverer of education and literature to barbaric Eastern Europe, can surely be considered one of the most productive and distinguished professors at the early modern University of Dorpat. Within a short period in Dorpat, he produced more texts than some scholars do in a lifetime. Not only was he aware of his own knowledge and wisdom, but he liked to share this awareness, praising himself in po-ems that were meant to be addressed to others, and thus, also demonstrating his multifaceted linguistic performance and skills. Both inter-and intrasentential code-switching can be seen in Menius’s various multilingual texts where the approach taken depends mostly on whether the item was a printed or handwritten text. Insertions, alter-nations and congruent lexicalisation also abounded in his multilingual writings, clearly indicating that while Menius was a rather ordinary scholar for his era, in the context of the seventeenth century University of Dor-pat, he was one of the first professors to use multilingual practices in both com-munication and education. © 2019, Czech Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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