Bilingualism and the Latin Language

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This book deals systematically with communication problems in the Roman world where numerous languages apart from Latin and Greek were spoken. How did the Romans communicate with their subjects in the remoter parts of the Empire? What linguistic policies did they pursue? Differing forms of bilingualism developed, which had a significant effect on the way the Romans and their subjects thought, spoke and wrote. A wide range of cultural, historical and linguistic questions concerning the varying developments in bilingualism are addressed.

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This is the first book to deal systematically with problems of communication in the Roman world, in which numerous languages apart from Latin and Greek were spoken. How did the Romans communicate with their subjects in the remoter parts of the Empire? What linguistic policies, if any, did they pursue? Differing forms of bilingualism developed, which had a significant effect on the way both the Romans and their subjects thought, spoke and wrote. Over a dozen languages are considered, and a wide range of cultural, historical and linguistic questions addressed.

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J. N. Adams is a Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy. He was previously Professor of Latin at the Universities of Manchester and Reading.

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