A Companion to the Latin Language (Blackwell Companions to

A spouse to the Latin Language offers a suite of unique essays from foreign students that music the advance and use of the Latin language from its origins to its modern-day usage.
• Brings jointly contributions from the world over popular classicists, linguists and Latin language specialists
• bargains, in one quantity, an in depth account of alternative literary registers of the Latin language
• Explores the social and political contexts of Latin
• contains new money owed of the Latin language in gentle of recent linguistic theory
• Supplemented with illustrations protecting the improvement of the Latin alphabet

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The paucity of Latin inscriptions that can be assigned to the seventh century BCE and our inability to date them very accurately make it impossible to say much that is substantive about the point of origin and the diffusion of the alphabet in Latium. But we might speculate that the Etruscan alphabet was passed on by an inhabitant of Caere or Veii, given the proximity of these Etruscan towns to the Latin-speaking communities just south of the Tiber River, and given the material evidence for contact between them.

On occasion the letter was employed to mark vocalic hiatus. 2093). Some Old Latin orthographic practices continued to be used sporadically during the Classical period and beyond. 3884). , GESTÁRVUM, (Res Gestae, preamble), AHENEIS (Res Gestae, preamble), EXPVLI (Res Gestae 2), EMERITEIS (Res Gestae 16). 4 Comparison of archaic Etruscan and Latin letterforms Archaic Etruscan letterforms Archaic Latin letterforms alpha beta gamma delta epsilon wau zeta heta theta iota kappa lambda mu nu omicron pi san qoppa rho sigma tau upsilon xi phi khi not attested not attested became moribund.

7). 59 By the middle of the republican period, however, writers had settled on left-to-right direction as the norm, and almost all Latin inscriptions after this date are written in this manner. 60 Most Latin documents, regardless of type, had very little in the way of punctuation. 7), Lapis Satricanus, Garigliano inscription. indd 22 6/7/2011 11:42:43 AM The Latin Alphabet and Orthography 23 that were punctuated, interpuncts separated words. 3), Corcolle inscription, Madonetta inscription. Although punctuation separating words becomes a common feature in Republican Latin inscriptions, it is unusual to find it separating sentences or metrical lines.

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