Latin Alive: The Survival of Latin in English and the Romance Languages
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Latin Alive: The Survival of Latin in English and the Romance Languages

by Joseph B. Solodow
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521734185

ISBN-13: 9780521734189

Pub. Date: 01/21/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In Latin Alive, Joseph Solodow tells the story of how Latin developed into modern French, Spanish, and Italian, and deeply affected English as well. Offering a gripping narrative of language change, Solodow charts Latin’s course from classical times to the modern era, with focus on the first millennium of the Common Era. Though the Romance languages evolved

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In Latin Alive, Joseph Solodow tells the story of how Latin developed into modern French, Spanish, and Italian, and deeply affected English as well. Offering a gripping narrative of language change, Solodow charts Latin’s course from classical times to the modern era, with focus on the first millennium of the Common Era. Though the Romance languages evolved directly from Latin, Solodow shows how every important feature of Latin’s evolution is also reflected in English. His story includes scores of intriguing etymologies, along with many concrete examples of texts, studies, scholars, anecdotes, and historical events; observations on language; and more. Written with crystalline clarity, this is the first book to tell the story of the Romance languages for the general reader and to illustrate so amply Latin’s many-sided survival in English as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521734189
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/21/2010
Pages:
370
Sales rank:
463,152
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: is English a cousin to the Romance languages?; Part I. Latin: 2. The career of Latin, I: from earliest times to the height of empire; 3. The career of Latin, II: the empire succeeded by barbarian kingdoms; 4. Latin at work, I: nature of the language; names and qualities; pronunciation; 5. Latin at work, II: actions and states; 6. Vulgar Latin; Part II. The Romance Vocabulary: 7. The lexicon in general; shifts in the meaning of words; 8. Changes in the form of words; 9. When words collide: conflict and resolution in the lexicon; 10. Immigrants: non-Latin words in the Romance languages; Part III. Proto-Romance, or What the Languages Share: 11. The sound of proto-Romance; 12. The noun in proto-Romance; 13. The verb in proto-Romance; Part IV. Earliest Texts and Future Directions, or Where the Languages Diverge: 14. French; 15. Italian; 16. Spanish.

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