Vulgar Latin / Edition 1

Vulgar Latin / Edition 1

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Vulgar Latin / Edition 1

"Vulgar Latin" refers to those features of Latin language that were not recommended by the classical grammarians but existed nonetheless. Although "Vulgar Latin" is not well documented, evidence can be deduced from details of the spelling, grammar, and vocabulary that occur in texts of the later Roman Empire, late antiquity, and the early Middle Ages. Every aspect of "Vulgar Latin" is exemplified in this book, proving that the language is not separate in itself, but an integral part of Latin.

Originally published in French in 1967, Vulgar Latin was translated more recently into Spanish in an expanded and revised version. The English translation by Roger Wright accurately portrays "Vulgar Latin" as a complicated field of study, where little is known with absolute certainty, but a great deal can be worked out with considerable probability through careful critical analysis of the data. This text is an invaluable aid to research and understanding for all those interested in Latin, Romance languages, historical linguistics, early medieval texts, and early medieval history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271020013
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on the Symbols Usedxi
Chronology of the Authors and Texts Mentionedxiii
1"Vulgar" Latin: Terminology and Problems1
2The Historical Context9
3Sources and Methods17
4Phonetic Evolution27
a)Word-Final Consonants39
c)Intervocalic Consonants45
d)Consonant Clusters47
5Inflectional Morphology49
1.Nominal Morphology49
2.Verbal Morphology68
6Phrases and Sentences81
1.Noun Phrases81
2.The Simple Sentence85
3.Compound Sentences87
1.Invariant Words95
2.Inflected Words97
a)Lexical Substitutions97
b)Semantic Changes102
c)Affixation and Compounding104
d)Foreign Words105
8More General Problems109
1.The End of the History of Latin109
2.The Geographical Diversification of Latin115
3.The Main Lines of Vulgar Development120
Selective Bibliography125

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