Vol. 53 No. 2 (2015)

Variation and Text Type in epigraphic corpus CLaSSES I

Margherita Donati
Università di Pisa

Published 2016-05-09


  • epigraphy,
  • (socio)linguistic variation,
  • text types


CLaSSES I is an annotated corpus that provides data for a systematic evaluation of graphic-phonological variation in Archaic and Early Latin inscriptions. In order to verify whether the distribution of non-classical variants in CLaSSES I is associated with diaphasic factors possibly related to the type of text, the occurrences of non-classical graphic-phonological variants are analyzed via comparison among different text types. The data show that the distribution of non-classical and classical forms cannot be directly and univocally interpreted in terms of register dynamics correlated to text types. The distribution of non-classical variation phenomena in vowels and consonants is basically comparable across text types, with vowels showing more variability than consonants.