By James Clackson
A spouse to the Latin Language offers a set of unique essays from overseas students that music the improvement and use of the Latin language from its origins to its modern-day usage.
- Brings jointly contributions from the world over popular classicists, linguists and Latin language specialists
- Offers, in one quantity, an in depth account of alternative literary registers of the Latin language
- Explores the social and political contexts of Latin
- Includes new debts of the Latin language in gentle of recent linguistic theory
- Supplemented with illustrations overlaying the advance of the Latin alphabet
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The phrases reflect the enclitic character of prepositions and pronominal indirect objects. Of some interest also is the use of interpuncts as clausal dividers. The following are examples of two co-ordinate clauses set off by interpuncts: · NON V. TV. N. Vindol. 164). The features of punctuation described above are found also in ostraca from Wâdi Fawâkir, a Roman military outpost in the eastern Egyptian desert. 63 Abbreviations One of the most notable features of Latin writing from the third century BCE on is the frequency of the abbreviations.
But we might speculate that the Etruscan alphabet was passed on by an inhabitant of Caere or Veii, given the proximity of these Etruscan towns to the Latin-speaking communities just south of the Tiber River, and given the material evidence for contact between them. 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.
He then traces the development of the Latin letterforms, the differing orthographic practices of the Romans down to the imperial period, and the possible connections between and influences from letterforms and orthographic practices among the other literate peoples of Italy. The next two chapters examine the ways Latin texts function as sources for the language. Latin texts have reached us through two principal routes. Either the original written form has survived on a medium such as stone, wood, metal or papyrus, or a text has been copied and recopied in an unbroken chain of manuscript transmission.