Vol. 56 (2020)

Remarks on Vowel Deletion in Latin Inscriptions From Sardinia

Published September 1, 2020


Tamponi, L. (2020). Remarks on Vowel Deletion in Latin Inscriptions From Sardinia. Acta Classica Universitatis Scientiarum Debreceniensis, 56, 145–163. https://doi.org/10.22315/ACD/2020/9

Abstract: This paper focuses on the frequency of vowel deletion in a corpus containing the available Latin inscriptions from Sardinia. The frequency of the phenomenon has been examined with reference to the amount of other deviant spellings displayed in the epigraphic texts, the dating and the type of the inscriptions involved. The results of the analysis show a very low frequency of vowel deletion in the inscriptions from the island, which is consistent with the Romance evolution of the Sardinian varieties. In particular, late syncope is infrequent, especially when its relative frequency is compared with that provided for other areas of the Empire. Therefore, though it is possible to find a correlation between the data from Latin inscriptions and Romance, our results reinforce the conclusions put forward by Adamik,1 according to which the allegedly high frequency of syncope in late Latin and the assumption of a pan-Romance core of Romance syncope is not supported by inscriptional evidence.