The Regional Diversification of Latin, 200 BC - AD 600
By (author) J. N. Adams
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Regional Diversification of Latin, 200 BC - AD 600 by J. N. Adams
Book DescriptionClassical Latin appears to be without regional dialects, yet Latin evolved in little more than a millennium into a variety of different languages (the Romance languages: Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese etc.). Was regional diversity apparent from the earliest times, obscured perhaps by the standardisation of writing, or did some catastrophic event in late antiquity cause the language to vary? These questions have long intrigued Latinists and Romance philologists, struck by the apparent uniformity of Latin alongside the variety of Romance. This book, first published in 2007, establishes that Latin was never geographically uniform. The changing patterns of diversity and the determinants of variation are examined from the time of the early inscriptions of Italy, through to late antiquity and the beginnings of the Romance dialects in the western Roman provinces. This is the most comprehensive treatment ever undertaken of the regional diversification of Latin throughout its history in the Roman period.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521881494
(228mm x 152mm x 51mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author J. N. Adams
Early and Late Latin, Hardback (October 2016)
This book focuses on the continuity between the documented stages in the history of Latin and its development into Romance.
Anthology of Informal Latin, 200 BC-AD 900, Hardback (September 2016)
This book illustrates the changing character of Latin over 1000 years, through detailed linguistic commentaries on fifty passages, all translated.
Regional Diversification of Latin 200 BC - AD 600, Paperback (October 2014)
This book, first published in 2007, is a comprehensive examination of regional diversification in Latin from the earliest beginnings to late antiquity.
Social Variation and the Latin Language, Hardback (May 2013)» View all books by J. N. Adams
A major history of many of the developments undergone by the Latin language as it changed into Romance languages.
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Author Biography - J. N. Adams
J. N. Adams is a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford.
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