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Re: Classic, Normal, and Vulgar Lingo

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, January 20, 2000, 1:23
Mike Adams wrote:
> I expect that since Classical was only understood by those who could > read it. Normal Latin was spoken much like we speak upper class English, > but if we find ourselves with friends we speak a more relaxed English.
Most people would've spoken a form somewhere on a continuum from Vulgar Latin to Classical Latin, much like most people speak something on a continuum from everyday vernacular English (of whatever dialect) to Standard English, tending to go back and forth. There wasn't really any "Normal Latin", what was normal would depend on social class. Normal speech for a senator would be very different than normal for a soldier, after all! The senator would be closer to the ideal of Classical Latin, while the soldier would be basically Vulgar Latin. I wonder if there were any examples of hypercorrection among the Romans, like, say, "hamare" for "amare"? -- 3 Wakalláf watyánivaf plal 273 ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor