Latin used to be the language of Latium – a small region in the middle of Italy.
The village of Rome became the capital of the Roman empire, and Latin became the adminisitrative language of tens of millions of people. In the Middle Ages you were not educated unless you could read and speak Latin. Latin played – roughly – the same role in medieval Europe as English does in the modern world.
The scholars all spoke Latin. But among ordinary people Latin developed into several related languages. Five of them become the national languages of France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Romania. Others became regional languages or dialects, like Catalan, Romansh and Neapolitan.
In LATINA, we use English as our basic shared language. But we also try to include a broader linguistic perspective. People and groups express their identity and culture through their language – or languages. To learn and teach together, we need a common ground. But we also want to accept, to appreciate and to include the diversity of languages in our project.
With LATINA/lingua we make LATINA teaching resourses available in other languages. This week the students have translated the presentation article Learning with LATINA into French, Polish and Spanish. Next week we will discuss and document the process of translation.