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A better half to the Latin Language offers a set of unique essays from foreign students that tune the improvement 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
• deals, 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 bills of the Latin language in gentle of contemporary linguistic theory
• Supplemented with illustrations protecting the advance of the Latin alphabet

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In the case of /m/, the spelling served as an orthographic feature by which morphological distinctions might be made even though phonologically, word-final vowel + M represented a long, possibly nasalized, vowel. Letterforms The style of writing and the shapes of the letters in Latin documents depended on various factors: the medium used to carry the message, the implement used to write it, the occasion for writing, and the skill of the writer/scribe or stonemason. Letters changed their form over time, reflecting the differences between more formal and less formal styles of writing, outside influences, and the personal preferences on the part of writers/ scribes and stonemasons.

With three bars became the norm; it ceased to be written in retrograde direction. Substantive changes in the forms of some letters also appeared. , Lapis Satricanus, Tibur inscription, Corcolle inscription. 647). 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.

N. Adams examines the notion of Late Latin, and asks whether there are distinctive linguistic features to Latin of this date, and how linguistic change, pressure from the standard language and other factors intertwine in texts written in Late Antiquity and beyond. The last two chapters describe the survival of Latin as a written and scholarly idiom, used alongside various vernaculars, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Greti Dinkova-Bruun discusses Medieval Latin, offering sample texts to illustrate the changes in orthography, grammar, vocabulary and style of Latin texts in the period between the end of antiquity and the Renaissance.

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