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Wed Jul 23 2008

Books: Historical Linguistics/Sociolinguistics: Adams

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        1.    Daniel Davies, The Regional Diversification of Latin 200 BC - AD 600: Adams

Message 1: The Regional Diversification of Latin 200 BC - AD 600: Adams
Date: 23-Jul-2008
From: Daniel Davies <>
Subject: The Regional Diversification of Latin 200 BC - AD 600: Adams
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Title: The Regional Diversification of Latin 200 BC - AD 600 Published: 2008 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: J. N. Adams Hardback: ISBN: 9780521881494 Pages: 848 Price: U.S. $ 220.00

Classical Latin appears to be without regional dialects, yet Latin evolvedin little more than a millennium into a variety of different languages (theRomance languages: Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese etc.). Was regionaldiversity apparent from the earliest times, obscured perhaps by thestandardisation of writing, or did some catastrophic event in lateantiquity cause the language to vary? These questions have long intriguedLatinists and Romance philologists, struck by the apparent uniformity ofLatin alongside the variety of Romance. This book establishes that Latinwas never geographically uniform. The changing patterns of diversity andthe determinants of variation are examined from the time of the earlyinscriptions of Italy, through to late antiquity and the beginnings of theRomance dialects in the western Roman provinces. This is the mostcomprehensive treatment ever undertaken of the regional diversification ofLatin throughout its history in the Roman period.

Part I. Introduction;Part II. The Republic;Part III. Explicit Evidence for Regional Variation;Part IV. Explicit Evidence;Part V. Regionalisms in Provincial Texts;Part VI. Spain;Part VII. Italy;Part VIII. Africa;Part IX. Britain;Part X. Inscriptions;Part XI. Conclusions.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics                             Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Latin (lat)
Written In: English (eng )

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