By James Clackson

A spouse 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 across the world 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 debts of the Latin language in gentle of contemporary linguistic theory
  • Supplemented with illustrations protecting the improvement of the Latin alphabet
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Some members of these communities had become literate in their home city; they were responsible for introducing the alphabet to Italy. 5 The flask was incised from left to right with five letters. 10 Once introduced to Italy, the alphabet diffused rapidly to native peoples. 12 If the dates of attestation of inscriptions are to be trusted as a rough guide to the paths of diffusion and dates of adaptation, we see that the alphabet fans out in all directions from Etruria. Old Umbrian inscriptions date to the seventh century BCE, as do inscriptions in Faliscan and Latin.

Some differences reflect aspects of Old Latin phonology. 9; FALERIES, Zimmermann (1986)). Some differences in spelling may be attributed to the fact that there was no written norm or standard to which writers, particularly those outside of Rome, might appeal. Other differences arose as writers responded to infelicities that remained in the writing system, most notably the lack of letters distinguishing long and short vowels. Important features of Old Latin orthography are described below. g. 8), cf.

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. 560–450 c. 550–300 c. 600–500 c. 500–450 c. 2917a * For the dates assigned to these inscriptions see Hartmann (2005). 3). Reproduced by permission of The Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University. exchange, and to serve other modest and mundane economic functions, but we have no evidence to support this idea. If the oldest documents in Latin were of such a nature, they were written on perishable material and have not survived.

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