Lucus Eques wrote:Are these speeches copied verbatim or nearly so from the original, such that the number of words is about the same as per a true oration? Then we find out for how long Cicero, or any orator, might typically speak in the Forum or the Senate. From there we can attempt to read viva voce any given oration within that time limit, thereby determining the rate of speaking for Cicero in an oratory context. This will give us not a little insight into the sermo Latinus, I believe.
I'm open to ideas about how to go about this.
quendidil wrote:Like Sanskrit, Arabic or Japanese?
Lucus Eques wrote:... Last year I recorded a simple, conversational Latin at a high rate of speed while still accounting for long and short syllables for my Latin rendition of Abbot and Costello's "Who's On First?":
I am now reading some Cicero outloud to myself, one of his speeches, and I wondered at the sheer length of the work! People had to stand for a long time to hear all this, I thought â€” or did they?
Hu wrote:I don't know if any of the Indian languages distinguish vowel lengths.