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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 overseas students that tune the improvement and use of the Latin language from its origins to its modern-day usage.

  • Brings jointly contributions from across the world popular classicists, linguists and Latin language specialists
  • Offers, in one quantity, a close account of other literary registers of the Latin language
  • Explores the social and political contexts of Latin
  • Includes new debts of the Latin language in gentle of contemporary linguistic theory
  • Supplemented with illustrations overlaying the improvement of the Latin alphabet
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At roughly the same time Umbrians, who had a century earlier copied the rituals of the Atiedian brotherhood of Iguvium using their native alphabet, now issued a version written in the Latin script (ST Um 1 Vb–VII). In Etruria, members of the same family sometimes had their epitaphs incised in Latin, sometimes in Etruscan, depending on whether they wished to highlight their Roman or Etruscan identity. 67 The Latin inscription was incised in large capital letters across the top of the stone. The Etruscan version was incised in smaller letters beneath the Latin.

66 However, tantalizing pieces of evidence, in the form of bilingual inscriptions and of native Italic inscriptions written in the Latin alphabet, permit us to say that the prestige of Latin must have been such that its alphabet became the alphabet of choice. Oscans in the city of Bantia in the first century BCE incised their civic regulations using a Latin alphabet (ST Lu 1 = TB). At roughly the same time Umbrians, who had a century earlier copied the rituals of the Atiedian brotherhood of Iguvium using their native alphabet, now issued a version written in the Latin script (ST Um 1 Vb–VII).

Changes to the letters P ( ) and R ( ) appear to have developed in synch. As the length of the hook of the letter P increased and approached the vertical bar, similarities with the letter R increased. R may have been written with an oblique tail, at first perhaps a very short one ( → → ), in order to increase its formal distance from P. 49 Distinctive variants of letterforms developed during the Old Latin period. 50 The letter A also developed some striking forms. , . g. g. In the hands of some stonemasons it is nearly horizontal.

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