James Clackson and Geoffrey Horrocks, The Blackwell History of the Latin Language
(Malden, MA/Oxford/Carlton, Victoria: Blackwell Publishing, 2007).
The Latin language
has enriched modern English immeasurably, providing us with a vast scientific, academic, and legal lexicon.
Consciousness of the Latin Language
among Humanists: Did the Romans Speak Latin?
The first one--"Consciousness of the Latin Language
Joseph Farrell, Latin Language
and Latin Literature: From Ancient to Modern Times, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001, pp.
Central to the plot is the shyness and diffidence of the narrating author, who is looked upon as a bookworm, and in the highly charged political environment his specialty of Latin language
and culture makes him even more of an outsider.
Homogeneity and Heterogeneity in the Latin Language
According to Varron and Aulu-Gelle: Historic, Social, and Functional Aspects"; "French Unilingualism versus Sociolinguistic Change"; "Images of Variation in French: Dominant and Harmonic, Changes"; and "Tensions, Contaminations, and Progressive Appropriation of Other Languages in the Linguistic and Sociocultural Universe of Daniel Pennac.
By copiously citing contemporary texts (with translations, of course, for the philistines), Money attempts to impress on us the beauty of the Latin language
and the elegance of those who attempted it.
There are many explanations for this, one of which is that English culture is inherently suspicious of Latin language
and culture, particularly that of the Middle Ages, which is seen as European and international; authentic expression can be found only in the vernacular.
Thus, the debate between him and Jerome was not simply an encounter between two individuals; it was a clash between the theological attitudes of the Greek and Latin churches, for Jerome, despite his Latin language
, was a representative of the Greek patristic tradition which, while it commonly drew upon the Septuagint for its scriptural citations, generally accepted the Jewish canon as defining inspired Scripture.
The political and literary scene was dominated by Cicero, a statesman, orator, poet, critic, and philosopher who perfected the Latin language
as a literary medium, expressing abstract and complicated thoughts with clarity and creating the important quantitative prose rhythm.
In medieval times, theology was considered the essential source of truth, and the Latin language
gave students access to theology's major texts.