9. Augustine and Language

  1. Mark Vessey
  1. Philip Burton

Published Online: 2 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch9

A Companion to Augustine

A Companion to Augustine

How to Cite

Burton, P. (2012) Augustine and Language, in A Companion to Augustine (ed M. Vessey), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255483.ch9

Editor Information

  1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Author Information

  1. University of Birmingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159463

Online ISBN: 9781118255483



  • Augustine' and the Confessions, encounters with language;
  • Augustine and language, the picture of himself, to date;
  • language, as activity of God divinely given, and pleasurable;
  • language and capacity for reason, that humans share;
  • Augustine and rationality, stemming from God, language as social bond;
  • authority of the Septuagint, and reception among the Christian church;
  • Augustine's language, and intellectual concerns;
  • Augustine's belief, and the Word of God, in interpreting the Bible


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Word of God, Words of Man

  • Augustine's Styles

  • The Sondersprache Hypothesis

  • Conclusion

  • Further Reading