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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...more
Published April 9th 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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A great book to get an overview of the history of Latin and its influence on French, Spanish, Italian and English.

The prose is informal and sometimes funny. Some parts get technical but they are easy to skip.

Here are my reading notes.

## Romance languages
Here are the main ones:

- French
- Spanish
- Italian
- Catalan
- Portuguese
- Gallician
- Provencal
- Franco-provencal
- Aragonese
- Sardinian
- Friulan
- Romanian
- Cajun

# Quick History
Roman languages stem from the Latin spoken in the Roman Empire.

Why was th...more
Warning: for etymology geeks only! This book is an absolute tour-de-force, because it provides far more than a "hey, would you look at that?" It's a coherent and systematic exploration of language change as applied to Latin, touching on every single aspect of syntax, morphology, and phonology, as well as tracing the historical peculiarities that explain where it was that French became French, and Spanish became Spanish. Also brilliant are the illustrations of the concept of a linguistic "matrix,...more
Dave Maddock
This book is perfect for native English speakers with little Latin knowledge. Since I've got a couple years of Latin under my belt now and have read other similar books, I didn't get a whole lot out of it. However, it is ideal as a survey text for folks studying Italian, French, Spanish, or Latin and want some historical context behind their practical study.
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