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LINGUIST List 19.2331

Wed Jul 23 2008

Books: Historical Linguistics/Sociolinguistics: Adams

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Message 1: The Regional Diversification of Latin 200 BC - AD 600: Adams
Date: 23-Jul-2008
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
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
                http://us.cambridge.org

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

Classical Latin appears to be without regional dialects, yet Latin evolved
in little more than a millennium into a variety of different languages (the
Romance languages: Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese etc.). Was regional
diversity apparent from the earliest times, obscured perhaps by the
standardisation of writing, or did some catastrophic event in late
antiquity cause the language to vary? These questions have long intrigued
Latinists and Romance philologists, struck by the apparent uniformity of
Latin alongside the variety of Romance. This book establishes that Latin
was never geographically uniform. The changing patterns of diversity and
the determinants of variation are examined from the time of the early
inscriptions of Italy, through to late antiquity and the beginnings of the
Romance dialects in the western Roman provinces. This is the most
comprehensive treatment ever undertaken of the regional diversification of
Latin 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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