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Elio Antonio Cala y Jarana, better known by the toponym of the town where he was born, Nebrija, was a philologist and humanist who developed his career in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.
He began his studies in his native village, and then moved to the University of Salamanca. Afterwards, he moved to Italy, where he continued to study and obtained a scholarship at the Royal College of Spain at the University of Bologna . Thanks to this Italian experience, he was able to draw inspiration from the humanist ideas of the time, which contributed to his willingness to implant them in the Spanish university.
Back in Spain, in 1476 he took possession of the chair of Prima de Gramática in Salamanca . When he began to practice in this position, he realized that there was no manual adjusted to his ideas and his method. That decided him to write Introductiones latinae, in Salamanca in 1481, as a textbook for his students. In the following years and centuries, this work had numerous editions; and he himself was also introducing improvements in it.
In addition, this text was accompanied, already in its first edition, by a Latin-Spanish vocabulary, Lexicon seu parvum vocabularium [ in quo breviter invenies vocabula scolasticis valde necessaria ] . This vocabulary was also improved and increased in successive editions.
In 1495 the third edition of the Introductions appeared, which forms the definitive version of the work. To this is added a series of grammatical commentaries on the five books of grammar; and also includes a prologue addressed to the Catholic Queen.
In 1492 he finally published his Grammar on the Spanish Language, and the Latin-Spanish Dictionary. Contrary to what had happened with the Introductions, this first grammar devoted to a Romance language did not have much impact at the time, andit was not until the eighteenth century that it had the deserved attention.
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