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CL3081/CL4081 Informal Latin

This module is about the relationship between literary and spoken Latin. Classical Latin has been codified through authoritative literary models; but what variations existed between speakers across social levels and over time and space? We will explore the concept of linguistic register, the importance of context in oral and written communication, and the effect of usage substandard features of Latin – ‘errors’, usage, and effects of this type of Latin on modern languages.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Professor Anna Chahoud
  • Duration:
    • One term (Sep - Dec)
  • Contact Hours:
    • CL3081: 33 (one 2-hour class and one 1-hour language lab per week); CL4081: 22 (one 2-hour class per week)
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 40% continuous assessment (one assessed presentation, one written assignment), 60% final examination

Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the main lines of development of the Latin language across space, time and social levels
  • Familiarity with the notion of linguistic register as opposed to style
  • Ability to recognise and analyse ‘oral’ features in written texts
  • Ability to translate and analyse the primary texts in context
  • Ability to engage critically with scholarly literature
  • Critical thinking and ability to present a coherent argument in oral presentations and written assignments

Primary Reading

  • Smith, M. S. (1982) Petronius, Cena Trimalchionis (Oxford)
  • Adams, J. N. (2016) An Anthology of Informal Latin, 200 BC – AD 900 (Cambridge)