By James Clackson
A significant other 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 across the world 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 money owed of the Latin language in mild of recent linguistic theory
- Supplemented with illustrations overlaying the improvement of the Latin alphabet
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64 It is certain, however, that the Etruscans or the Romans (Latins), or perhaps both, made changes to the names for the letters because they no longer resembled their Greek and Phoenician antecedents. 1). g. A /a /. The letter names for stop consonants had CV structure; the default vowel was /e /, except for the letters K and Q, which were pronounced with the vowels with which they were most often written, namely A and V. The fricatives – with the exception of H – the nasals, the liquid, and the rhotic had VC structure.
Faliscan words are cited from Giacomelli (1963); Sabellic words are cited from ST; and Etruscan words are cited from ET. 2 For a short but informative survey of fate of the Latin alphabet after the collapse of Roman imperium see Sampson (1985) 110–119. 3 See Weiss (2009) 30 and nn. 36 and 37. 4 Ridgway (1992). 5 Bartoněk and Buchner (1995) 204–205 and Watkins (1995a) 38–42. 6 Bietti Sestieri and De Santis ((2000) 53) describe the burial in detail. Compare the discussion in Holloway (1994) 112. in and for the interpretation of the word as an adjective form.
Old Umbrian inscriptions date to the seventh century BCE, as do inscriptions in Faliscan and Latin. Inscriptions in South Picene, Oscan, Venetic and Transalpine Celtic date to the sixth century BCE. Etruscan Origins The primary source of the Latin alphabet – Greek or Etruscan – remains controversial. Scholars who favor a Greek origin point out that the letters B, D, O and X have roughly the same phonological values in Latin as in Greek. Scholars who favor an Etruscan origin point out that the letter C has the same phonological value in Latin as in Etruscan.
A Companion to the Latin Language by James Clackson