Richard LaFleur and John Keane discussing the Wheelock
recordings at John Keane Studios, Athens, GA .
All readings on this site by
Mr. Mark Miner.
webpages designed by Stuart Keener.
The text and audio provided on this site are based upon
the section in the "Introduction" to WHEELOCK'S
LATIN titled "The Alphabet and Pronunciation,"
which should be studied thoroughly before proceeding;
a few additional details, including the pronunciation
of the letters of the Roman alphabet, are drawn chiefly
from W.S. Allen's VOX LATINA (2nd ed., Cambridge University
Press, 1978), which should be consulted for a close examination
of the whole issue of the pronunciation of classical Latin.
The following discussion indicates approximately the
sounds of Latin and how the letters were used by the Romans
to represent those sounds during the classical period.
Pronunciation varied somewhat in later medieval and ecclesiastical
Latin, and of course there were always regional and individual
variations as well, just as there are in English.
- The Alphabet
- Syllables and
- A Final Exhortation..