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What's the cool killer app of Latin?

I get the sense you are most interested in unusual linguistic features of Latin, which I'm not qualified to talk about. It's also worth noting that 'why study Latin' is a well-addressed question in ...
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Can gender be kept from Latin to a descend language? Are there patterns for this?

"Words neuter in Latin become masculine in Spanish" This is generally correct! In Latin, the most common type of masculine noun and the most common type of neuter noun look almost identical. They're ...
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Did Latin ever have a rule of lengthening vowels in monosyllables ending in /s/?

This is just to provide evidence for cōs-cōtis from classical poets: saepe etiam duris errando in cotibus alas (Vergilius, Georgica, 4.203) cote cruenta (Horatius, Carmina 2.8.16) nil tanti est. ...
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What's the cool killer app of Latin?

What interests you might not interest me; however, I have studied the languages you mention, among others, and might have some similar tendencies in what I find stimulating in language study. I ...
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Why could initial iota not create diphthongs?

Latin had a phonemic /j/ and /w/ separate from the vowels /i/ and /u/, hence contrasts like Julius vs Iulus. The short answer is that "Ancient" Greek—as in Classical Attic—simply didn't. ...
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How is "vinum rubrum" right?

Rubrum is an adjective that agrees with vinum. The context of your phrase makes it clear they're both in the accusative (formally they could also be in the nominative or vocative), because vinum ...
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What do brackets and italics mean?

I first came across an answer to this in the USB Greek New Testament, which uses brackets to "indicate that the enclosed word, words, or parts of words may be regarded as part of the text, but ...
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