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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 popular classicists, linguists and Latin language specialists
• bargains, in one quantity, a close account of other literary registers of the Latin language
• Explores the social and political contexts of Latin
• comprises new debts of the Latin language in mild of recent linguistic theory
• Supplemented with illustrations masking the advance of the Latin alphabet

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For the forms of letters, I use an archaic Latin font. Words in native Italic alphabets are printed in bold. 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.

In the first of her two chapters, Fruyt considers the basic vocabulary of Latin, the organisation of the semantic structure of the lexicon, and the means by which the language incorporates words borrowed from other languages, with particular focus on the reaction to, and the reception of, Greek words. indd 3 6/7/2011 11:42:49 AM 4 James Clackson lexical class to another with the addition of no overt affix). To round off this section, Caroline Kroon’s chapter tackles a linguistic topic that is generally absent from traditional works on Latin, the grammar of discourse.

G. g. In the hands of some stonemasons it is nearly horizontal. 9 Graffito from Pompeii. Drawing by Brigette McKenna. Reproduced by permission of Rex E. Wallace, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 54 This script was most suitable for literary papyri. 55 These styles, whether written in ink or incised with a stylus, are usually grouped together under the rubric of Old Roman cursive. 56 The evolution of the letterforms in handwritten styles, particularly the cursive, is more difficult to discern,57 but the shapes of the minuscule letters that appear in the documents of the early fourth and fifth centuries CE can be traced back to the earliest inscriptions.

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