By James Clackson
A better half to the Latin Language provides a suite of unique essays from foreign students that music 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
- 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 bills of the Latin language in gentle of recent linguistic theory
- Supplemented with illustrations masking the advance of the Latin alphabet
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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. 700–600 c. 700–600 c. 620–610 c. 625–600 c. 700–500 c. 700–400 c. 600–550 c. 600–480 c. 560–480 c. 550–400 c. 550–400 c. 500–480 c.
1806). After c. 2238); it is dated to 135/4 BCE. 584). The convention is also restricted in large part to the vowel A, though a fair number of examples of E and V are attested. 365). 721). 44 Another strategy for indicating vowel length, the apex, appeared at the end of the Old Latin period. The apex was a diacritic mark of varying shapes – sometimes an acute bar, sometimes a hook – placed over the vowel sign. g. ” On occasion the letter was employed to mark vocalic hiatus. 2093). Some Old Latin orthographic practices continued to be used sporadically during the Classical period and beyond.
48 By the beginning of the fifth century BCE some of the variation in Very Old Latin letterforms was eliminated, perhaps signaling a growing independence from Etruscan writing practices. The letterform lost ground to . with three bars became the norm; it ceased to be written in retrograde direction. Substantive changes in the forms of some letters also appeared. , Lapis Satricanus, Tibur inscription, Corcolle inscription. 647). Changes to the letters P ( ) and R ( ) appear to have developed in synch.