V. 60 N. 2 (2022)

La geminatio consonantium: studio su un corpus di epigrafi latine anteriori al I secolo d.C.

Lucia Tamponi
Università di Pisa

Pubblicato 2022-12-24

Parole chiave

  • Latin linguistics,
  • epigraphy,
  • orthography,
  • historical linguistics


Consonant doubling is one of the most important orthographic innovations of Republican Latin. However, the chronology of the spelling, as well as the reasons for its diffusion, are debated issues in the literature. This paper provides an overview of the diachronic evolution of the phenomenon through the analysis of Latin inscriptions from Rome and the Italian peninsula. Reference will be made to phonological factors, particularly to lexical stress. It will be shown how the analysis of such factors, as well as the examination of the linguistic and socio-historical context of the crafting of the inscriptions, can shed light on the reasons and timing of the diffusion of geminatio consonantium.