Vulgar and Medieval Latin Linguistics

lglor2503  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Vulgar and Medieval Latin Linguistics
5 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2017-2018
Isebaert Lambert;
Thorough knowledge of classical Latin (level reached at the end of the Bachelor cycle).
Main themes
In-depth study of the language and texts of late Latin.
The course deals with the following themes:
1. The problem of "vulgar" Latin: definitions, sources,  and principal characteristics from a phonological, morphological, syntactical and lexical point of view.
2. Reading and commenting typical texts;
3. The evolution of the Latin of the late period, especially of the early medieval period: linguistic study of selected documents.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


At the end of this course, the student will have acquired the principal characteristics of spoken Latin of the Imperial and early medieval periods. He will be capable of reading and interpreting typical texts of this period.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
A systematic study of the principal linguistic modifications of Late Latin: phonology and prosodics, morphology, syntax, lexicology and semantics.
Study of literary texts ( e.g. Petronas, Itinerarium Egeriae, Gregory of Tours)  and documentary texts (e.g. Inscriptions from Pompeii, private letters , and legal documents.
Teaching methods
Lectures with exercises (preparation of texts).
Evaluation methods
Oral exam.
Other information
- Väänänen, Introduction au latin vulgaire, 3e éd., Paris, 1981.
- Herman, Le latin vulgaire, Paris, 1975.
- Löfstedt, Late Latin, Oslo, 1959.
- Kramer, Vulgärlateinische Alltagsdokumente auf Papyri, Ostraka, Täfelchen und Inschriften, Berlin, 2007.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [60] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures