A Natural History of Latin

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Oxford University Press, UK, 28/10/2004 - 305 páginas
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Latin is alive and well. Beginning in Rome around 600 BC it became the international language of the civilized world for 2,000 years. French, Spanish, Italian, and Romanian are among its direct descendants. It provides the vocabulary for law and life science. No known language, including English - itself enriched by Latin words and phrases - has achieved such success and longevity. This book tells its history from origins to the present. Brilliantly conceived, popularizing but authoritative, and written with the fluency and light touch that have made the author's Speak so attractive to tens of thousands of readers, it is a masterpiece of adroit synthesis. - ;Latin is alive and well. Beginning in Rome around 600 BC Latin became the language of the civilized world and remained so for over two millennia. French, Spanish, Italian, and Romanian are among its progeny and it still provides the international vocabulary of law and life science. No known language, including English - itself enriched by Latin words and phrases - has achieved such success and longevity. Tore Janson tells its history from origins to the present. Brilliantly conceived and written with the same light touch as Speak, his bestselling history of languages, A Natural History of Latin is a masterpiece of adroit synthesis. The author charts the expansion in the classical world, its renewed importance in the Middle Ages, and its survival into modern times. He shows its central role in European history and culture and, by judicious quotation of phrases and texts, describes how spoken and written Latin changed and evolved differently in different places. He ends with a summary of Latin grammar and lists of Latin words and of phrases still in common use. Considered elitist and irrelevant in the second half of the twentieth century and often banned from schools, Latin is now enjoying a huge revival of interest and a renaissance in schools across Europe, the UK, and the USA. Tore Janson offers persuasive arguments for its value and direct access to its fascinating worlds, past and present. - ;Natural History of Latin is an authoritative introduction to arguably the most influential language of all time. - Chicago Tribune;This always readable book is full of interest. - The Scotsman;It is hard to imagine how this book could be improved. - Linguist;From now on, if anyone who has never studied Latin askes me to recommend a short, readable book in which they can find out about the history of Latin and get a feel for the grammar, I will be able to answer unhesitatingly. - Linguist
 

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Índice

Latin and Europe
83
About the Grammar
177
Basic Vocabulary
217
Common Phrases and Expressions
271
Suggested reading
297
Index
301
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Tore Janson was Professor of African Languages at the University of Goteborg until his retirement in 2001. He was previously Professor of Latin at the same university and is a world expert on the history of languages. His books include Speak: A Short History of Languages (OUP 2002; tradepaperback 2003).Merethe Damsgaard Sorensen is Danish. After graduating in English and Danish from the University of Copenhagen she taught both languages in the Danish Gymnasium system from 1987 to 1999. She lives in Derbyshire with her husband, Nigel Vincent, and their daughter Sarah.Nigel Vincent has held the Mont Follick Chair of Comparative Philology in the University of Manchester since 1987. He is a co-editor of the Cambridge History of the Romance Languages and a contributor to the New Historical Syntax of Latin currently in preparation for de Gruyter.

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