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A Companion to the Latin Language

James Clackson (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-8605-6
664 pages
September 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to the Latin Language presents a collection of original essays from international scholars that track the development and use of the Latin language from its origins to its modern day usage.

  • Brings together contributions from internationally renowned classicists, linguists and Latin language specialists
  • Offers, in a single volume, a detailed account of different literary registers of the Latin language
  • Explores the social and political contexts of Latin
  • Includes new accounts of the Latin language in light of modern linguistic theory
  • Supplemented with illustrations covering the development of the Latin alphabet
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Notes on Contributors.

Abbreviations of Ancient Authors and Works.

Abbreviations of Modern Sources.

Symbols Used.

Linguistic and Other Abbreviations.

1 Introduction (James Clackson).

PART I Sources.

2 The Latin Alphabet and Orthography (Rex Wallace).

3 Latin Inscriptions and Documents (James Clackson).

4 Latin Manuscripts and Textual Traditions (Bruce Gibson).

5 Romance Languages as a Source for Spoken Latin (Roger Wright).

PART II The Language.

6 The Sounds of Latin: Phonology (Matthew McCullagh).

7 Latin Prosody and Metrics (Benjamin W. Fortson IV).

8 The Forms of Latin: Inflectional Morphology (James Clackson).

9 Latin Syntax (Geoffrey Horrocks).

10 Latin Vocabulary (Michèle Fruyt).

11 Word-Formation in Classical Latin (Michèle Fruyt).

12 Latin Particles and the Grammar of Discourse (Caroline Kroon).

PART III Latin Through Time.

13 The Historical Background to Latin within the Indo-European Language Family (Benjamin W. Fortson IV).

14 Archaic and Old Latin (John Penney).

15 Classical Latin (James Clackson).

16 Late Latin (J.N. Adams).

17 Medieval Latin (Greti Dinkova-Bruun).

18 Neo-Latin (David Butterfield).

PART IV Literary Registers of Latin.

19 The Language of Roman Comedy (Wolfgang de Melo).

20 The Language of Latin Epic and Lyric Poetry (Rolando Ferri).

21 The Language of Latin Verse Satire (Anna Chahoud).

22 The Language of Roman Oratory and Rhetoric (J.G.F. Powell).

23 The Language of Latin Historiography (Christina Shuttleworth Kraus).

24 Epistolary Latin (Hilla Halla-aho).

25 Latin as a Technical and Scientific Language (Thorsten Fögen).

26 Legal Latin (J.G.F. Powell).

27 Christian Latin (Philip Burton).

PART V Latin in Social and Political Contexts.

28 The Social Dialects of Latin (James Clackson).

29 Latin and Other Languages: Societal and Individual Bilingualism (Alex Mullen).

30 Language Policies in the Roman Republic and Empire (Bruno Rochette).

31 Latin Inside and Outside of Rome (Giovanbattista Galdi).


Index Locorum.


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Author Information

James Clackson is University Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge.  He is the author of Indo-European Languages (2007) and The Linguistic Relationship between Armenian and Greek (1994).  He is co-author of The Blackwell History of the Latin Language (with Geoffrey Horrocks, Wiley-Blackwell 2007), and co-editor of Indo-European Word Formation (with Birgit Anette Olsen, 2004), and Natural Composition in Indo-European Languages (with Torsten Meißner, 2002).
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