Latin: A Linguistic Introduction by Renato Oniga

Latin: A Linguistic Introduction

byRenato Oniga

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This textbook provides a detailed introduction to the study of Latin from the perspective of contemporary linguistics. It adopts some basic tenets of generative grammar in an in-depth analysis of the main phonological, morphological, and syntactic properties of Latin, and offers a step-by-stepguide to the universal principles and specific parameters which shape the language, along with comparative data from English and other languages.Latin: A Linguistic Introduction is a user-friendly and essential guide to the synchronic study of Latin as a natural language. The clarity of exposition and the richness of the examples cited provide a new approach to Latin as a topic of linguistic research: although the general structure of thebook is like that of a traditional Latin grammar, the discussion of grammatical rules is both more straightforward and more theoretically informed.This textbook is principally suitable for students of Latin and Romance linguistics at undergraduate level and above, but also for teachers and researchers interested in new ways of looking at the study of Latin. It differs from many other textbooks in the field by striking a valuable balancebetween the longstanding tradition of classical philology and the innovations of contemporary linguistics.

About The Author

Renato Oniga is Professor of Latin at the University of Udine, Italy. He translated Plautus, Anfitrione (Venice, Marsilio, 1991) and Tacitus, Opera Omnia (Turin, Einaudi, 2005). His contributions to Latin linguistics include the monograph I composti nominali latini (Bologna, Patron, 1988) as well as several volumes as editor: the revi...

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Title:Latin: A Linguistic IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.03 inPublished:September 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198702868

ISBN - 13:9780198702863

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: From traditional grammar to modern linguisticsPart I: Phonology2. The Latin alphabet3. Phonemes4. Pronunciation5. Prosody and metricsPart II: Morphology6. Words, roots, and stems7. Parts of speech8. A theory of inflection9. Noun declensions10. Adjective declensions11. Adverbs12. Pronouns13. Numerals14. Verbal inflection15. Derivation16. CompositionPart III: Syntax17. Valency and theta-roles18. Phrases19. The simple sentence20. Case theory21. Case syntax22. The compound sentence: Coordination23. The complex sentence: Embedded clauses24. Interrogative sentences25. Relative clauses26. Infinitival clauses27. Participial clauses28. Adverbial clausesConclusion