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Latin Linguistics: An Introduction

Wolfgang David Cirilo de Melo, B0CN5PSTGW, 3111166570, 9783111166575, 978-3111166575, 978-3-11-116657-5, 978-3-11-117200-2, 978-3111172002, 9783111172002, 978-3-11-117354-2, 978-3111173542, 9783111173542

English | 2024 | PDF | 5 MB | 318 Pages

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Latin Linguistics is intended as an overview of the main areas of linguistics geared specifically to the scholar of Latin. The book consists of eight chapters: an introduction followed by discussions of phonology, morphology, syntax, variation linguistics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics, with a final chapter discussing texts from three different periods to demonstrate how linguistic analysis can deepen our understanding of Latin.

Most introductions to phonology cover a range of theories, such as Autosegmental Phonology or Optimality Theory; these contribute relatively little to our understanding of Latin as such. On the other hand, a Latinist needs to know how we can reconstruct pronunciation, what the limits of reconstruction are, and how closely orthography mirrors pronunciation. My chapter on phonology deals with these aspects. The same can be said, mutatis mutandis, for the other chapters.

What makes this book unique, then, is the fact that it covers a wide range of topics in a deliberately selective way, tailored to the needs of Latinists.