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The Blackwell History of the Latin Language
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Preface. 1 Latin and Indo-European. 2 The Languages of Italy. 3 The Background to Standardization. 4 'Old' Latin and its Varieties in the Period c.400--150 BC. 5 The Road to Standardization: Roman Latin of the Third and Second Centuries BC. 6 Elite Latin in the Late Republic and Early Empire. 7 Sub-Elite Latin in the Empire. 8 Latin in Late Antiquity and Beyond. Glossary. Appendix: The International Phonetic Alphabet. Bibliography of Reference and Other Works. Index.

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James Clackson is University Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of The Linguistic Relationship between Armenian and Greek (1994), Indo-European Linguistics: An Introduction (2007), as well as articles on classical and Indo-European philology. Geoffrey Horrocks is Professor of Comparative Philology at Cambridge. He is the author of Space and Time in Homer (1981), Generative Grammar (1987), Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers (1997), as well as of many articles on the history and structure of Greek from antiquity to the present day; he is also co-editor of Themes in Greek Linguistics (1998) and Studies in Greek Syntax (1999).

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The stated goal of this welcome new survey is to overcomesome of the shortcomings of L. R. Palmer's classic handbook TheLatin Language , unrevised since its publication in 1954. Thegoal is worthy, and the execution is in many ways a success. ( Bryn Mawr Classical Review , March 2009) Clackson and Horrocks have produced a wide-ranging,theoretically sophisticated, and still thoroughly manageable bookthat will not easily be superseded. ( New EnglandClassical Journal , February 2009) "James Clackson and Geoffrey Horrocks have Succeededadmirably in their aim, presenting a mass of data within persuasivenarrative." ( Times Literary Supplement , December 2008) The hefty Blackwell History of the LatinLanguage The authors focus on the evolution of the sounds,vocabulary, word and sentence structure over thecenturies. ( Chicago Tribune ) [The authors] set the tone with an honesty thatis appreciated .Marvelous treatment of understudied languages .Carefully, admirably, proofread .Recommended. ( Choice )

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