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This, from Wolfgang David Cirilo de Melo’s review of Michiel Arnoud Cor de Vaan’s Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the Other Italic Languages, is the best and most insightful comment I’ve read in the BMCR in quite some time:
Pater is said to go back to a nursery form *pa, phonologically *pH2. Much as I like the laryngeal theory in its modern form, a phonological representation of babies’ first babbling seems slightly over the top. Exactly the same could be said about atta “daddy” < *H2et-o-.
I told that to my wife and her friend this afternoon as though it were a knock-knock joke, but they didn’t find it as funny as I did.
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I picked up an idea mentioned by one participant at the recent Latin workshop at Dickinson college, namely the use of dice to drill forms.
With this page, titled ALEAE IACTAE ESTOTE!, students cut out one die for person and number (1st Sg. through 3rd Pl.) and one die for each tense (Pres., Imp., Fut, Pf. Plupf., & Fut. Pf.).
My students have been finding it alternately fun and challenging to produce these forms, but the real value is that students who have struggled with learning verb endings and the principal parts of verbs are now finding that it all makes sense.
As a corollary I’ve also given them an adapted list of the top 50 verbs according to Oerberg’s support materials, as well this nice, color-coded sheet on using principal parts.
I hope others have as much success with them as I have.
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Christopher Francese, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at Dickinson yesterday (“Active Latin in the Classroom: Strategies for Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Students” with Milena Minkova and Terence Tunberg), has an excellent series of podcasts on Latin poetry, and I don’t know why I haven’t seen these until now.
Listening to Oedipus’ Self-Blinding, there was a sort of grotesque pleasure in reading the Latin as he gave his translation. But he also includes some notes on meter, and finally reads in Latin.
This is a marked improvement to Arms and the Man, which included just a Latin reading. Thankfully this was improved upon in Quintilian on Pauses in Aeneid 1.1-8, which is exactly what I’ve been looking for in a podcast from a classicist.
So we can add Franchese’s Latin Poetry Podcast to our feed readers alongside the always interesting Classics in Discussion from Warwick.
Here’s hoping that more follow these exempla virtutis.