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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.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 A History of Latin
- Keep on learning
- Further reading
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Continuing classical Latin
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.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Classical Studies courses or view the range of currently available OU Classical Studies courses.
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Originally published: Monday, 18th January 2016
Last updated on: Monday, 18th January 2016
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