In his "Latin Grammar", Dirk Panhuis has created an innovative reference that makes use of many of the advances that have taken place in linguistics during the last half century. Using a syntactic - instead of the traditional morphological - approach to Latin, Panhuis explains linguistic concepts clearly, thoroughly describing the structure of the sentence and its parts. For ease of use, Panhuis often presents concepts in well-organized tables and charts and provides the reader with illustrative texts by Latin authors. Through clear structuring of language phenomena, Panhuis provides a reference that integrates traditional linguistic knowledge with linguistic innovation and didactic clarity. Of particular interest will be sections on Word Order, Stylistics, Metrics, and Syntax and Semantics of sentences. This concise reference, ideal for students and instructors of Latin in high schools and colleges, will supplant the outdated grammars of Allen and Greenough and Hale and Buck.
Dirk Panhuis studied classical philology at the State University of Ghent and obtained his Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Michigan in 1981. He taught classical languages in high schools of the Flemish Community in and around Louvain, Belgium, until his retirement in 2002.
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