A significant other to the Latin Language offers a set 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 popular classicists, linguists and Latin language specialists
• deals, in one quantity, a close account of other literary registers of the Latin language
• Explores the social and political contexts of Latin
• contains new debts of the Latin language in mild of contemporary linguistic theory
• Supplemented with illustrations masking the advance of the Latin alphabet
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Extra info for A Companion to the Latin Language (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World, Volume 132)
Indd 2 6/7/2011 11:42:49 AM Introduction 3 Romance, and the chapter includes a discussion of this topic, before a systematic review of the evidence of Romance for our knowledge of spoken Latin. Wright’s chapter is also the first point in this volume where the term Vulgar Latin is used, and it is worth pausing to consider this term, which been the most discussed in the study of Latin, and is widely used in modern published work. Many readers will expect to find a chapter, if not a section, on Vulgar Latin in a Companion to the Latin Language, and will want to know why this volume does not include one.
In the case of /s/, the spelling reflected the fact that this sound was analogically restored in most educated varieties of Latin. In the case of /m/, the spelling served as an orthographic feature by which morphological distinctions might be made even though phonologically, word-final vowel + M represented a long, possibly nasalized, vowel. Letterforms The style of writing and the shapes of the letters in Latin documents depended on various factors: the medium used to carry the message, the implement used to write it, the occasion for writing, and the skill of the writer/scribe or stonemason.
In contrast, there is usually reckoned to be only one standard form of Latin, Classical Latin. No dialects of Latin ever reached the status of a literary form, and no later stage of the language ever rivalled the prestige of the Classical standard. The formation of Classical Latin, and the repeated moves to purify or correct the language will be repeated themes of this volume, as will the demonstration that within the apparently monolithic structure of Classical Latin there is room for considerable variation and choice.