Latin Variants

John Cowan cowan at
Mon Feb 29 04:29:55 CET 2016

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> Similarly (I hope), if 'classlat' is defined to represent some
> variety of Latin and 'neolat' another, and someone writes a Latin
> text today using the "classical" conventions, that text should not
> be called 'neolat' simply because of when it was written.

I agree, but the conventions are more or less dictated by date.
So Mediaeval Latin is Latin written in the style generally used between
the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the revival of classical learning
in the West, but it is possible to write in that style after or (more
controversially) before that time as well.

> How does la-GB differ from la-SE in the first place?

Probably not much (except in pronunciation, which did come in national

John Cowan        cowan at
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