A 200 page Latin grammar reference that focuses on forms and endings and includes them in large, easy to read charts that students can refer to easily and quickly. All major grammar categories are included: nouns, adjectives & adverbs, pronouns, and verbs. (Some categories are subdivided.) The preview file includes the TOC, the introductions, and parts of chapter 1, the noun chapter. (I had to cut some of chapter 1 because of file size; that's also why the pages in the TOC might not match up with the pages.)
The book can of course be printed, but it was designed for electronic consumption; the length (200 pages) is a function of this, i.e. the charts are oversized because of this approach, even though it took many more pages to accomplish than was necessary. It is available too on the iBooksStore: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1163922734. This version (which can only be sold via the iBooksStore) contains a hyperlinked table of contents and can be navigated easily on screen (computer, tablet, phone, etc.).
From the introduction:
This book is intended as a quick reference review for Latin students. It is not intended as a teaching tool, i.e. there is not enough grammatical information included for students who are looking to learn Latin rather than to review or reference Latin.
This book originates from a conversation I had with my own students. When they were working on projects, they would ask me a good number of grammar questions, questions that seemed relatively easy to look up. I asked them if they would rather use the Internet to answer such questions or a print resource and, to some extent to my surprise, they responded a print resource.
With that in mind, I looked around at the usual vendors and couldn’t find a simple refer- ence source. The existing resources seemed to be one extreme or the other: those binder- insert laminated pamphlets with everything crowded and tiny, or more elaborate reference books that are formatted poorly and include too much information beyond the basics.
What my students want is a quick, easy to navigate and read, reference with the neces- sary information but not much beyond that. I hope that that is what I have created here.
This book was written in discrete parts, i.e. it is assumed that students will not be working through it sequentially but rather will be proceeding directly to specific information. With that in mind, and because it is intended primarily as a digital book and not to be printed, information is repeated, often verbatim, e.g. the forms of the interrogative adjective are in- cluded as a separate page even though they are the same forms as the relative pronoun.
This book was also written as a forms reference rather than a grammar or syntax refer- ence. Thus, little to no grammatical explanation is included, even when it might seem rele- vant, e.g. ablative endings are included without any explanation of uses of the ablative and infinitive forms are included (even, or especially, forms of the infinitive that are most com- monly used in indirect statement) without any explanation of indirect statement. The inclusion of grammatical explanations would take the book to a scale grander than is intended and it is assumed that the teacher and/or a grammar textbook will be supplementing the forms here.
Finally, everything is intentionally big: endings charts take up whole pages, notes are 24 pt font and bulleted whenever possible. The goal is clarity and ease of use.
I have tried to keep the uses of different genders as equal as possible. Some verbs will appear in masculine forms and some in feminine forms. I leave it to the teacher to explain further the grammatical differences that the different genders indicate.
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Postscript, March 2017.
The original introduction was of course written before publication and so I feel it important to comment briefly on my experience using the book in class. In short, my bias as author notwith- standing, it has exceeded my expectations. The most useful feature of the digital text is the linked table of contents; students’ ability to easily navigate the forms, to go directly to the forms they need, is by far the most consistently valuable feature of the book.
We have also used the book more than I would have guessed. Part of that is that my course is becoming more project-based, which more lends itself to such a book being necessary. But, once my students and I grew accustomed to having the book available, it became easy for me to refer them to it with questions, and easy for them to go to it themselves for answers.