A Companion to the Latin Language by James Clackson

By James Clackson

A spouse to the Latin Language offers a suite of unique essays from overseas students that tune the advance 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 alternative 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 protecting the improvement of the Latin alphabet
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Scholars who favor an Etruscan origin point out that the letter C has the same phonological value in Latin as in Etruscan. 2 Spelling of velars in Very Old Latin inscriptions /k/ Fibula Forum /g/ /kw/ FHE:FHAKED – – KALATOREM RECEI QVOI, QVOS VIRCO QOI KAPIA(D) SAKROS Duenos PAC. A FEC. ED COSMIS Kavidios Garigliano Tibur Pulpios Corcolle – KAVIDIOS, EQO KOM, SOKIOIS – – – – – KAVIOS QETIOS [D]ICASE – EQO – In Greek the letter C (gamma) stood for a voiced velar stop. 13 Spelling conventions attested in Very Old Latin inscriptions point to the Etruscans as the source of the Latin alphabet.

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. In general, texts in the second category comprise literary works, and those in the first all other forms of documentation (although there are instances where literary works are recorded in inscriptional texts, such as Augustus’ Res Gestae, or where manuscripts preserve sub-literary material). James Clackson presents a discussion of some of the pitfalls for the linguist who uses inscriptional and documentary material to research the Latin language, including the vexed problem of attributing “authorship” to an ancient inscription.

If the oldest documents in Latin were of such a nature, they were written on perishable material and have not survived. 1). Reproduced by permission of The Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University. their owners to the grave. The other two seventh-century pieces were incised on ceramic and were also part of the burial cache of their owners. 24 Incised objects were often exchanged as gifts for the purpose of cementing social ties, military pacts, and trade alliances.

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