The Structure of Latin: An Introductory Text Based on Caesar and Cicero

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From the Preface: "The Need for a syntactically based introductory Latin text has long been evident. This is an attempt to provide one. Work on the project was begun in 1963. Publication, however, has been long delayed because the task proved much more complicated than originally anticipated. Our existing grammars, however useful as reference works, are far too often misleading from the pedagogical point of view. One need only mention such curiosities as the concept of a mechanical sequence of tenses or the idea that mood is somehow specially connected with conditional clauses. Even more serious is the general failure of the grammars to distinguish between contrast and free variation. Such matters seriously interfere with the learning process and may ultimately prevent the student from acquiring an active knowledge of the language. Consequently, before these materials could be put in a shape suitable for classroom use, a complete structural analysis of Latin syntax had to be carried out. This proved to be a time-consuming task. It also necessitated the introduction of some new terminology. In all cases, however, the terminology has been kept as close as possible to traditional terminology without being ambiguous or misleading. Those familiar with Waldo Sweet's "Latin: A Structural Approach" (Ann Arbor, 1957) will detect the influence of that work in more places than one. For vowel quantities I have relied on A. Ernout and A. Meillet, "Dicionnaire etymologique de la langue Latine," 4th ed. (Paris, 1959). ..."

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