The Generation of Sounds According to Robert Grosseteste

The Generation of Sounds According to Robert Grosseteste

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Author(s): Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

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DOI: 10.18483/ijSci.311 623 1442 1-5 Volume 2 - Oct 2013


A translation and discussion of the De Generatione Sonorum, On the Generation of Sounds, a short scientific treatise written by Robert Grosseteste, is proposed. The subjects are sounds and phonetics. In this treatise we find the medieval philosopher discussing oscillations and elasticity of materials as the source of sound. For what concerns phonetics, he uses some motions and their combinations to describe movements of breath and articulators in producing the voice.


History of Science, Medieval Science, Acoustics, Phonetics


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