Linguistic determinism-the view that language determines thought-has inuenced modern literary scholarship. us, it is not surprising that the thesis has made its way into Renaissance Studies.2 We noted its presence in Umberto Eco’s work. In her interesting study of renaissance Latin, Professor Ann Moss adopts a version of linguistic determinism.3 According to Moss, classical Latin

1 “…denique maximam logicae latinae falsam esse, Veramque esse logicam Laurentianam …” Laurentii Vallae pro se et contra calumniatores, ad Eugenium, IV, Pontifex Maximus “Apologia,” Opera I, 799.