Friday, January 22, 2010

Elementos básicos de filología y lingüística latinas

The book pictured at left published in 1985 by Pere Quetglas i Nicolau, professor at the Universidad de Barcelona (now apparently the Vice-Rector for Information and Communication of the same university) should be added to the bibliography.  This book is made up of two parts. The first part is devoted chiefly to textual criticism.  The second half, more relevant for our purposes, includes two useful and insightful chapters on structuralist and generative approaches to Latin grammar.  Personally, I'd say that most of the structuralist explanations in phonology are pretty unconvincing.  The structuralist discussions of syntax and semantics, on the other hand, are still worth thinking about.  I'm not sure how much of early TG works like Robin Lakoff's Abstract syntax and Latin complementation can be translated into more modern paradigms. Neverthless, for an overview of synchronic work on Latin from the 40s to the 80s, Quetglas is a great place to start.

Update: A second edition, not much changed, was published in 2006.

Quetglas i Nicolau, Pere. 2006. Elementos básicos de filología y lingüística latinas, 2nd ed. 
Barcelona: Editorial Teide.

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