Latin: A Linguistic Introduction

Latin: A Linguistic Introduction


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This textbook provides a detailed introduction to the study of Latin from the perspective of contemporary linguistics. It adopts some basic tenets of generative grammar in an in-depth analysis of the main phonological, morphological, and syntactic properties of Latin, and offers a step-by-step guide to the universal principles and specific parameters which shape the language, along with comparative data from English and other languages.

Latin: A Linguistic Introduction is a user-friendly and essential guide to the synchronic study of Latin as a natural language. The clarity of exposition and the richness of the examples cited provide a new approach to Latin as a topic of linguistic research: although the general structure of the book is like that of a traditional Latin grammar, the discussion of grammatical rules is both more straightforward and more theoretically informed.

This textbook is principally suitable for students of Latin and Romance linguistics at undergraduate level and above, but also for teachers and researchers interested in new ways of looking at the study of Latin. It differs from many other textbooks in the field by striking a valuable balance between the longstanding tradition of classical philology and the innovations of contemporary linguistics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198702863
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Series: Oxford Linguistics
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,312,384
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Renato Oniga is Professor of Latin at the University of Udine, Italy. He translated Plautus, Anfitrione (Venice, Marsilio, 1991) and Tacitus, Opera Omnia (Turin, Einaudi, 2005). His contributions to Latin linguistics include the monograph I composti nominali latini (Bologna, Patron, 1988) as well as several volumes as editor: the revised Italian version of Lateinische Stilistik by J.B. Hofmann and A. Szantyr (Bologna, Patron, 2002); Il plurilinguismo nella tradizione letteraria latina (Rome, Il Calamo, 2003); Atti della Giornata di Linguistica Latina (Venice, Cafoscarina, 2006); Formal Linguistics and the Teaching of Latin (Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011); and Lingue antiche e moderne dai licei alle universita (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2012). He is Editor-in-Chief of the international online journal Lingue antiche e moderne.

Norma Schifano is a PhD student and Gates Scholar of Romance linguistics at the Department of Italian, University of Cambridge. She is currently working on a comparative study of verb-movement across different Romance varieties.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: From traditional grammar to modern linguistics
Part I: Phonology
2. The Latin alphabet
3. Phonemes
4. Pronunciation
5. Prosody and metrics
Part II: Morphology
6. Words, roots, and stems
7. Parts of speech
8. A theory of inflection
9. Noun declensions
10. Adjective declensions
11. Adverbs
12. Pronouns
13. Numerals
14. Verbal inflection
15. Derivation
16. Composition
Part III: Syntax
17. Valency and theta-roles
18. Phrases
19. The simple sentence
20. Case theory
21. Case syntax
22. The compound sentence: Coordination
23. The complex sentence: Embedded clauses
24. Interrogative sentences
25. Relative clauses
26. Infinitival clauses
27. Participial clauses
28. Adverbial clauses

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