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A Companion to the Latin Language by James Clackson

By James Clackson

A better half to the Latin Language provides a set of unique essays from foreign students that tune the improvement 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, a close account of other literary registers of the Latin language
  • Explores the social and political contexts of Latin
  • Includes new money owed of the Latin language in gentle of recent linguistic theory
  • Supplemented with illustrations protecting the improvement of the Latin alphabet
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5). Even more rare is punctuation that separates a document into sections or chapters. 61 In Latin of the imperial period interpuncts were used less regularly to mark the boundaries between words and so writers developed other functions for punctuation. g. Vindol. g. Vindol. 345). The phrases reflect the enclitic character of prepositions and pronominal indirect objects. Of some interest also is the use of interpuncts as clausal dividers. The following are examples of two co-ordinate clauses set off by interpuncts: · NON V.

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. The name of the letter X /εks/ ends in a cluster because Latin phonotactic rules did not permit ks – to stand at the beginning of a syllable (word). The pronunciation of the letter names lies at the heart of an Old Latin spelling convention that is first attested in inscriptions of the third century BCE.

Reproduced from La Collezione epigrafica del Museo Nazionale Romano alle Terme di Diocleziano (Milan, 2001) by permission of the publishers, Mondadori Electa. inscription in a circle around the side of the pedestal, but O in the form of a dot is unique in Latin. Interestingly, it resembles the form of the O on South Picene inscriptions. Inverted V and L are also found in South Picene. 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.

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