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Continuing classical Latin

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This free course, Continuing classical Latin, gives you the opportunity to hear a discussion of the development of the Latin language.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of the general differences between spoken and written languages
  • demonstrate an awareness of how spoken Latin developed into the later Romance languages
  • demonstrate an awareness of some early Latin forms of words, as found in Plautus and archaic Latin
  • demonstrate an awareness of Latin’s place within the wider Indo-European tradition of languages.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 4 hours
  • Updated Monday 18th January 2016
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Classical Studies
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Continuing classical Latin


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This course features a discussion that shows how languages develop – a spoken language is constantly undergoing change while written language is more conservative. In its second part it also looks at the evolution of Latin into the Romance languages: Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian and others.

The discussions throughout this course are between Professor Geoffrey Horrocks and Dr James Clackson, both of the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge University.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 3 study in Arts and Humanities [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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