This is a reissue in paperback of the second edition of Professor Allen's highly successful book on the pronunciation of Latin in Rome in the Golden Age. In the second edition the text of the first edition is reprinted virtually unchanged but is followed by a section of supplementary notes that deal with subsequent developments in the subject. The author also added an appendix on the names of the letters of the Latin alphabet and a select bibliography.
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apply articulation aspiration attested beside cent century B.C. Cicero classical Latin classical period consonantal diphthong discussion disyllabic early Latin elision enim Ennius environments Erasmus example fact final syllable final vowel French fricative front vowel function further Gellius German grammarians Greek heavy syllable hexameter indicate initial inscr intervocalic Italian Lachmann's Law late Latin lengthening letters light syllable lingua littera long vowel longa Lucilius Marius Victorinus Maurus metrical nasalized vowels Nigidius Figulus normal nunciation Old Latin phonetic pitch accent Plautus Plautus and Terence plosive position preceding syllable preceding vowel Priscian probably pronounced pronunciation pronunciation of Latin quae Quintilian quod refer represented Romance evidence Romance languages Sanskrit seems short vowel similarly sonum sound speech spelling suggested supplementary note symbol tamen Terentianus Terentianus Maurus tion Varro velar Velius Longus Vergil Vict voiced voiceless vowel length words
Page 2 - The prominence of sounds may be due to inherent sonority (carrying power), to length or to stress or to special intonation, or to combinations of these. 210. Thus in every sentence there is a kind of undulation of prominence which is easily perceived by the hearer. This undulation may be visualized as a wavy line with 'peaks' (denoting maxima of prominence) and Valleys' (denoting minima of prominence).