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By James Clackson

ISBN-10: 1405186054

ISBN-13: 9781405186056

A better half to the Latin Language provides a set of unique essays from foreign students that song the advance 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 alternative 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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Wallace, University of Massachusetts Amherst. abecedarium. He placed G in the position held earlier by Z presumably because it (Z) was a “dead” letter. 36 When these letters were incorporated into the alphabetic series, they were placed at the end following the letter X. The last alphabetic reform – though ultimately unsuccessful – was made by the Emperor Claudius (41–54 CE). He introduced three new letters. 37 (reversed, upside-down digamma) stood for the semivowel /w/; ⊢ was used in place of the letter ypsilon in Greek names.

ED “made” and PAC. 17 Other writers resolved the issue of how to spell velar stops before the O-letter in a different manner. 18 A second spelling convention points to the Etruscans. 1). Drawing by Brigette McKenna, University of Massachusetts Amherst. g. 3); FHE. 20 Scholars who favor a Greek origin for the Latin alphabet counter that B, D and O were “dead” letters in Etruscan, that is to say, were never used to spell sounds in inscriptions. It must be remembered, however, that these letters remained in Etruscan abecedaria for over a hundred years after the alphabet was adopted.

Indd 14 6/7/2011 11:42:37 AM The Latin Alphabet and Orthography 15 the Latin writing system and at some point – we are not sure when – were eliminated from the alphabetic series. , B and D in the case of /b/ and /d/, and O in the case of /с/ and /o /. Latin scribes expanded the scope of coverage of the vowel letters I, E, A, O, V to include both short and long vowels. ) The letters I and V covered even more phonological territory; they were used to spell /j/ and /w/, the non-syllabic counterparts of the high vowels.

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