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Wed Aug 11 2010

Books: Historical Linguistics: Solodow

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Latin Alive: Solodow

Message 1: Latin Alive: Solodow
Date: 11-Aug-2010
From: Daniel Davies <>
Subject: Latin Alive: Solodow
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Title: Latin Alive Subtitle: The Survival of Latin in English and the Romance Languages Published: 2010 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Joseph B. Solodow Electronic: ISBN: 9780511654701 Pages: 368 Price: U.S. $ 18.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521515757 Pages: 364 Price: U.K. £ 55.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521734189 Pages: 364 Price: U.K. £ 15.99

In Latin Alive, Joseph Solodow tells the story of how Latin developed intomodern French, Spanish, and Italian, and deeply affected English as well.Offering a gripping narrative of language change, Solodow charts Latin'scourse from classical times to the modern era, with focus on the firstmillennium of the Common Era. Though the Romance languages evolveddirectly from Latin, Solodow shows how every important feature of Latin'sevolution is also reflected in English. His story includes scores of intriguingetymologies, 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 theRomance languages for the general reader and to illustrate so amply Latin'smany-sided survival in English as well.

- It doesn't talk about the languages, but instead brings them directly beforethe readers' eyes- It will delight the curious browser no less than the eager devotee, for, whileset as a sweeping narrative, it also aims to present something of immediateinterest on every page- It takes by the hand even readers who know nothing about the languagesand leads them clearly, comfortably, and engagingly through the whole saga


1. Introduction: is English a cousin to the Romance languages?;Part I. Latin:2. The career of Latin, I: from earliest times to the height of empire;3. The career of Latin, II: the empire succeeded by barbarian kingdoms;4. Latin at work, I: nature of the language; names and qualities; pronunciation;5. Latin at work, II: actions and states;6. Vulgar Latin; Part II. The Romance Vocabulary:7. The lexicon in general; shifts in the meaning of words;8. Changes in the form of words;9. When words collide: conflict and resolution in the lexicon;10. Immigrants: non-Latin words in the Romance languages;Part III. Proto-Romance, or What the Languages Share:11. The sound of proto-Romance;12. The noun in proto-Romance;13. The verb in proto-Romance;Part IV. Earliest Texts and Future Directions, or Where the LanguagesDiverge:14. French;15. Italian;16. Spanish.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): French (fra)                             Italian (ita)                             Latin (lat)                             Spanish (spa)
Written In: English (eng )

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