Latin Alive: The Survival of Latin in English and the Romance Languages

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 21, 2010 - Foreign Language Study - 356 pages
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In Latin Alive, Joseph Solodow tells the story of how Latin developed into modern French, Spanish, and Italian, and deeply affected English as well. Offering a gripping narrative of language change, Solodow charts Latin's course from classical times to the modern era, with focus on the first millennium of the Common Era. Though the Romance languages evolved directly from Latin, Solodow shows how every important feature of Latin's evolution is also reflected in English. His story includes scores of intriguing etymologies, along with many concrete examples of texts, studies, scholars, anecdotes, and historical events; observations on language; and more. Written with crystalline clarity, this is the first book to tell the story of the Romance languages for the general reader and to illustrate so amply Latin's many-sided survival in English as well.
 

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Latin gets a bad reputation for being a boring language long past its expiration date, but one of the things many people forget to remember is that English owes a lot of its existence to Latin. Joseph ... Read full review

Contents

From Earliest Times to the Height of Empire
9
Peoples of Early Italy
23
The Roman Empire at Its Height
29
The Empire Succeeded by Barbarian
31
Europe in 486
43
GalloRomance
53
Nature of the Language Names and Qualities
56
Actions and States
83
NonLatin Words in the Romance Languages
181
PROTOROMANCE OR WHAT
199
The Noun in ProtoRomance
226
The Verb in ProtoRomance
245
EARLIEST TEXTS AND FUTURE
263
The Kingdoms of Charlemagnes Grandsons
269
Italian
291
Spanish
310

Vulgar Latin
107
The Lexicon in General Shifts in the Meaning of Words
127
Changes in the Form of Words
144
Conflict and Resolution in the Lexicon
158
Iberia
311
Suggestions for Further Reading
333
Index ofEnglish Words
340
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Joseph Solodow is Professor of Foreign Languages at Southern Connecticut State University and Lecturer in Classics at Yale University. The author of The Latin Particle Quidem and The World of Ovid's 'Metmorphoses', he received the Modern Language Association's Scaglione Translation Prize for his rendering of G. B. Conte's history of Latin literature into English, Latin Literature: A History.

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