Latin Word Order: Structured Meaning and Information

Latin Word Order: Structured Meaning and Information

by A. M. Devine, Laurence D. Stephens
     
 

Word order is not a subject anyone reading Latin can afford to ignore: apart from anything else, word order is what gets one from disjoint sentences to coherent text. Reading a paragraph of Latin without attention to the word order entails losing access to a whole dimension of meaning, or at best using inferential procedures to guess at what is actually overtly

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Word order is not a subject anyone reading Latin can afford to ignore: apart from anything else, word order is what gets one from disjoint sentences to coherent text. Reading a paragraph of Latin without attention to the word order entails losing access to a whole dimension of meaning, or at best using inferential procedures to guess at what is actually overtly encoded in the syntax. This book begins by introducing the reader to the linguistic concepts, formalism and analytical techniques necessary for the study of Latin word order. It then proceeds to present and analyze a representative selection of data in sufficient detail for the reader to develop both an intuitive grasp of the often rather subtle principles controlling Latin word order and a theoretically grounded understanding of the system that underlies it. Combining the rich empirical documentation of traditional philological approaches with the deeper theoretical insight of modern linguistics, this work aims to reduce the intricate surface patterns of Latin word order to a simple and general crosscategorial system of syntactic structure which translates more or less directly into constituents of pragmatic and semantic meaning.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195181685
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/23/2006
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

1Arguments of verbs36
2Verb positions145
3Strong and weak arguments225
4Arguments of nominals314
5Modifiers403
6Hyperbaton524

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