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By James Clackson

A better half to the Latin Language provides a set of unique essays from foreign 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 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 bills of the Latin language in gentle of contemporary linguistic theory
  • Supplemented with illustrations masking the advance of the Latin alphabet
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As a result, during the initial stages of adaptation, adjustments may be made. g. indd 14 6/7/2011 11:42:37 AM The Latin Alphabet and Orthography 15 the Latin writing system and at some point – we are not sure when – were eliminated from the alphabetic series. , B and D in the case of /b/ and /d/, and O in the case of /с/ and /o /. Latin scribes expanded the scope of coverage of the vowel letters I, E, A, O, V to include both short and long vowels. ) The letters I and V covered even more phonological territory; they were used to spell /j/ and /w/, the non-syllabic counterparts of the high vowels.

30 A glaring gap in the spelling of Latin stop consonants was the lack of a letter for the voiced velar /g/. 32 His school would have provided an ideal channel for the dissemination of the letter. 4). Reproduced by permission of The Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University. 5 Inscription showing the letter G (first word, line 2). 7). Reproduced by permission of The Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University. 6 Latin abecedarium incised on ceramic plate, Monteroni di Palo.

Finally, Giovanbattista Galdi summarises the range of evidence for geographical variations in Latin across the Roman world, in both the republic and the empire. Using the mass of evidence gathered by Adams in his recent book on the diversification of Latin across the Roman world (Adams 2007), Galdi brings out salient features of regional Latin, including an examination of the Latin of the north-eastern provinces of the empire. Galdi’s chapter reminds us of the extraordinary geographical spread of Latin.

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