In the NYT, Jon Grinspan...

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 13 03:44:22 UTC 2012

It says this:

Latin pronunciation continually evolved over the centuries, making it
difficult for speakers in one era to know how Latin was spoken in prior

So, I take the answer here to be "no".


On Sat, Aug 11, 2012 at 12:12 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at> wrote:

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> Wainie, weedie, weakie.
> Dan Goncharoff wrote: <<<Does anyone actually know how Latin was
> pronounced? By the ancient Romans, I mean... DanG>>>
> WB: With all due respect. DanG it! If I had a nickel for every time a
> student asked me that, I could have retired a lot earlier. At least now we
> can scold, "Go look it up in Wikipedia." Pretty good survey & refs; could
> nitpick with such exacting phonetic interpretations, but okay. After all,
> Latin was a language far across the sea. First it killed the Romans, and
> now it's killing me.
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