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    2013. The Classical Tradition. p. 432.


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In Latin Alive, Joseph Solodow tells the story of how Latin developed into modern French, Spanish, and Italian, and deeply affected English as well. Offering a gripping narrative of language change, Solodow charts Latin's course from classical times to the modern era, with focus on the first millennium of the Common Era. Though the Romance languages evolved directly from Latin, Solodow shows how every important feature of Latin's evolution is also reflected in English. His story includes scores of intriguing etymologies, along with many concrete examples of texts, studies, scholars, anecdotes, and historical events; observations on language; and more. Written with crystalline clarity, this book tells the story of the Romance languages for the general reader and to illustrate so amply Latin's many-sided survival in English as well.


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Suggestions for Further Reading
,Histories of the Latin language, from ancient times to the present: Janson, Tore, A Natural History of Latin, transl. Sorensen, Merethe Damsgard and Vincent, Nigel (Oxford, 2004); Ostler, Nicholas, Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin (New York, 2007).
,On Indo-European: Watkins, Calvert, ed., The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 2nd ed., (Boston and New York, 2000), also found as an appendix to that dictionary.
,On Vulgar Latin: Herman, József, Vulgar Latin, transl. Wright, Roger (University Park, 2000).
,On the Romance languages: Posner, Rebecca, The Romance Languages: A Linguistic Introduction (Garden City, 1966); Boyd-Bowman, Peter, From Latin to Romance in Sound Charts (Washington, 1954); Pei, Mario, The Story of Latin and the Romance Languages (New York, 1976).
,English etymological dictionaries: Barnhart, Robert K., ed., The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology (New York, 1988); Klein, Ernest, A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (Amsterdam, 1971); Onions, C. T., ed., The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology (New York, 1966).
,On the histories of English words: [Mish, Frederick C., ed.] Webster's Dictionary of Word Origins (Springfield, MA, 1989); Greenough, James Bradstreet and Kittredge, George Lyman, Words and Their Ways in English Speech (Boston, 1900; reprinted); Heller, Louis, Humez, Alexander, and Dror, Malcah, The Private Lives of English Words (London, 1984); Hughes, Geoffrey, Words in Time: A Social History of the English Vocabulary (Oxford, 1988), and A History of English Words (Oxford, 2000); Owen Barfield, History in English Words, rev. ed. (Grand Rapids, 1967).


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