Monday, August 22, 2011

Allen: Etymological Analysis of Latin Verbs

An Etymological Analysis of Latin Verbs by Alexander Allen (1836)

Don't let the old date of this book throw you - it is not a basic book for elementary Latin students, but instead is an attempt to apply the linguistic principles of the time to a study of Latin word formation. So, for example, the first class of verbs considered are "Uncontracted Verbs: Class 1. Perfect tense distinguished by the addition of S." Although the book is old, there is much of value here - for people who have never had a formal course in Latin word formation based on linguistic principles, there is a lot that can be learned from this book.


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