Classical Latin

Andrew Dunning andrew.dunning at
Mon Mar 21 12:12:39 CET 2016


1. Name of requester: Andrew Dunning
2. E-mail address of requester: andrew.dunning at
3. Records Requested:

    Type: variant
    Subtag: latclass
    Description: Classical Latin
    Prefix: la
    Comments: Latin dialects up to approximately the third century.

4. Intended meaning of the subtag:

    Classification of classical variant of Latin, both historic texts and modern works imitating their style.

5. Reference to published description of the language (book or article):

    * Clackson, James, ed. 2011. *A Companion to the Latin Language*. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.

    * Glare, P.G.W., ed. 2012. *Oxford Latin Dictionary*. 2nd ed. 2 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    * Oniga, Renato. 2014. *Latin: A Linguistic Introduction.* Edited and translated by Norma Schifano. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

6. Any other relevant information:

    Classical Latin has distinctive spelling, hyphenation practices, and vocabulary. It is typically viewed as a subset of Latin as a whole, among one of several variants. Clackson (2011), for example, provides Archaic and Old Latin; Classical Latin; Late Latin; Medieval Latin; and Neo-Latin. There are several schemes for identifying the later variants of Latin, and there is not yet sufficient consensus to add subtags for these. Classical Latin exists as a clear linguistic and historical entity, treated on its own terms without reference to later dialects in Glare (2012) and Oniga (2014).

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