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Author:  Bombadil [ Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:06 am ]
Post subject:  Grammar first?

I've read that before one attempts to learn Latin it is best to study English grammar. Is that correct? If so, is there a recommended book on the subject?

Author:  Obi-Wan Kenobi [ Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:18 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Grammar first?

I don't know about that. I do know that my English grammar is much better for having learned Latin, perhaps because I was taught Latin by a retired English teacher who taught English when English was really taught.

Author:  Carmelita [ Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Grammar first?

What about punctuation? I never see any...

Author:  Obi-Wan Kenobi [ Sat Aug 15, 2009 12:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Grammar first?

Punctuation is a medieval development.

Author:  Rashbold [ Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Grammar first?

It wouldn't hurt to have a good grasp of English grammar, but I don't think it's necessary. In fact, I think that the explanations of grammatical concepts you'll find make a bit more sense for Latin than for English. And most good Latin grammars will get you started without too much trouble.

Author:  Bombadil [ Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Grammar first?

Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Punctuation is a medieval development.

Wasn't Latin as well?

Author:  Obi-Wan Kenobi [ Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Grammar first?

No. Spanish, Italian, and French were--all degenerate Latin, each of them.

Author:  Rashbold [ Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Grammar first?

With the admixture of a lot of distinctive vocabulary, and a good deal of grammatical simplification in all cases. Pronunciation also changed over time, with a lot of consonant clusters in Latin being leveled to doubled consonants or other such things in the Romance languages- Latin factum > Italian fatto and so on.

Author:  Obi-Wan Kenobi [ Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Grammar first?

Who you callin' fatso?

Author:  lbt [ Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Grammar first?

Why learn the grammar of a different language?

Try Greek (pretty closer than English) or Finnish (15 different cases for a noun!).

Finnish Cases

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