The Blackwell History of the Latin Language
This text makes use of contemporary work in linguistics to provide up-to-date commentary on the development of Latin, from its prehistoric origins in the Indo-European language family, through the earliest texts, to the creation of the Classical Language of Cicero and Vergil, and examines the impact of the spread of spoken Latin through the Roman Empire.
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The Languages of Italy
The Background to Standardization
Old Latin and its Varieties in
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