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Title: Latin Alive
Subtitle: The Survival of Latin in English and the Romance Languages
Written By: Joseph B. Solodow
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521515757
Description:

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.

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

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): French
Italian
Latin
Spanish
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9780511654701
Pages: 368
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ISBN-13: 9780521515757
Pages: 364
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ISBN-13: 9780521734189
Pages: 364
Prices: U.K. £ 15.99