21.3246, Books: Historical Linguistics: Solodow

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Subject: Latin Alive: Solodow
 

	
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Title: Latin Alive 
Subtitle: The Survival of Latin in English and the Romance Languages 
Publication Year: 2010 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
	   http://us.cambridge.org
	

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521515757 


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


Abstract:

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 



Contents

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 Languages 
Diverge: 
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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