Orthographic Traditions and the Sub-elite in the Roman Empire

Orthographic Traditions and the Sub-elite in the Roman Empire

by Nicholas Zair
Orthographic Traditions and the Sub-elite in the Roman Empire

Orthographic Traditions and the Sub-elite in the Roman Empire

by Nicholas Zair

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Overview

This book makes use of digital corpora to give in-depth details of the history and development of the spelling of Latin. It focusses on sub-elite texts in the Roman empire, and reveals that sophisticated education in this area was not restricted to those at the top of society. Nicholas Zair studies the history of particular orthographic features and traces their usage in a range of texts which give insight into everyday writers of Latin: including scribes and soldiers at Vindolanda, slaves at Pompeii, members of the Praetorian Guard, and writers of curse tablets. In doing so, he problematises the use of 'old-fashioned' spelling in dating inscriptions, provides important new information on sound-change in Latin, and shows how much can be gained from a detailed sociolinguistic analysis of ancient texts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781009327671
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/08/2023
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

NICHOLAS ZAIR is a Senior Lecturer in Classics (Classical Linguistics and Comparative Philology) at the University of Cambridge and Fellow in Classics and Linguistics at Peterhouse. He recently held a ProFutura Scientia Fellowship at SCAS (Uppsala) and CRASSH (Cambridge). He is also the author of The Reflexes of the Proto-Indo-European Laryngeals in Celtic (2012) and Oscan in the Greek Alphabet (Cambridge, 2016), and co-editor of Migration, Mobility and Language Contact in and around the Ancient Mediterranean (Cambridge, 2020).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. Old-fashioned Spellings: 2. <ai> for /aḙ/; 3. <ei> and <e> for /i:/; 4. <o> for /u/; 5. <o> for /u:/; 6. Alternation of <u> and ; 7. <uo> for /we/ before a coronal; 8. <uo> and <uu> for /wu/ and /uu/, and <quo> and <quu> for /kwu/; 9. Double letters to write long vowels; 10. for /g/; 11. for /jj/; 12. before /(a:)/ and <q> before /u(:)/; 13. <qu> for /k/ before back vowels; 14. <xs> for /ks/; 15. Geminates and singletons; 16. spepondi; 17. popl- and pupl- for publ-; Part II. Apices and i-longa: 18. Introduction; 19. Apices and i-longa in the Isola Sacra inscriptions; 20. Apices in the Vindolanda tablets; 21. Apices in the tablets of the Sulpicii; 22. Apex use in teh Vindolanda and TPSupl. tablets in comparison; 23. Apices in the tablets from Herculaneium; 24. I-longa in the tablets of the Sulpicii and the tablets from Herculaneum; 25. Conclusions; Appendix.
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