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Latin and English: A Primer on (Linguistic) History

Latin and English have had a closely intertwined relationship thought the last millennium-and-a-half. As English-speaking schools that emphasize to varying levels the acquisition of Latin skills, it is of great benefit to understand the history of that relationship, how Latin and its successors influenced English, and what place Latin should have vis-a-vis English in the contemporary classical school context. Taking historical note of our linguistic heritage enables us better to understand our linguistic alms and therefore to communicate that part of our mission to our constituencies: students, parents and prospects.