By James Clackson
A spouse to the Latin Language provides a suite of unique essays from foreign students that tune the advance and use of the Latin language from its origins to its modern-day usage.
- Brings jointly contributions from across the world well known classicists, linguists and Latin language specialists
- Offers, in one quantity, an in depth account of other literary registers of the Latin language
- Explores the social and political contexts of Latin
- Includes new money owed of the Latin language in mild of contemporary linguistic theory
- Supplemented with illustrations masking the advance of the Latin alphabet
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7). The letters V and L were written upside down. The letter O has the form of a smallish dot. The letter P is like no other in the corpus. It has a snail-like appearance; the vertical bar is missing entirely. 358). Reproduced from La Collezione epigrafica del Museo Nazionale Romano alle Terme di Diocleziano (Milan, 2001) by permission of the publishers, Mondadori Electa. inscription in a circle around the side of the pedestal, but O in the form of a dot is unique in Latin. Interestingly, it resembles the form of the O on South Picene inscriptions.
Benjamin W. Fortson IV expands the discussion of the sound of Latin by looking at what we can learn about the language from the metres the Romans used, and what we can learn about the metres from comparative and linguistic investigation. Fortson concentrates on three particular problems: the Saturnian metre and its background in inherited verse types of the Indo-European family; the adaptation of Greek metres by the Latin comic playwrights and their nativisation; and the interaction between verse beat (ictus) and the native Latin word and phrasal stress.
Regardless of the point of origin, however, it is notable that inscriptions appear in many parts of Latium by the end of the sixth century BCE. The reasons for the acquisition of the alphabet by Latin speakers also escape us. 3 Very Old Latin inscriptions of the seventh to sixth centuries BCE* 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Findspot Date Inscription Citation Praeneste Praeneste Gabii Caere [Rome] Roma Tibur Roma Satricum Ardea Corcolle Lavinium Garigliano Roma Roma Ficana Aqua Acetosa Aqua Acetosa c.