Experiential Constructions in Latin

Experiential Constructions in Latin

by Chiara Fedriani

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ISBN-13: 9789004257825
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/15/2014
Series: Brill's Studies in Historical Linguistics , #3
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Chiara Fedriani is a postdoc research fellow at the University of Bergamo. She graduated in Classical Languages and Linguistics at the University of Pavia, where she also received her PhD (2011). She visited the Universities of Bergen and Oslo, where she was involved in historical and typological research projects on argument structure and pragmatic resources in ancient Indo-European languages. She has published articles on Latin syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

List of Figures and Tables xiv

Abbreviations xvi

Abbreviations of Ancient Authors and Works xviii

1 Introduction 1

1.1 Object of Investigation 1

1.2 Theoretical Approach 6

1.3 Data and Corpora 9

1.4 Motivations, Aims and Outline of the Present Study 12

2 The Experiential Situation and Its Components 15

2.1 Semantic Roles 16

2.2 The Experiential Situation and Its Components 19

2.2.1 The Experiencer Role 20

2.2.1.1 Inherent Properties 24

2.2.1.2 Relational Properties 25

2.2.2 The Stimulus Role 29

2.2.2.1 Inherent Properties 29

2.2.2.2 Relational Properties 30

2.3 The Status of Experiences and Stimuli within a General Classification of Semantic Roles 33

2.4 Generalization and Inversion in the Functional Domain of Experience 36

2.5 Short Characterization of the Experiencerhood Domain in Indo-European 40

2.5.1 Experiencer-Centered Constructions 41

2.5.2 Stimulus-Centered Constructions 43

2.5.3 Body Part-Centered Constructions 47

2.5.4 Non-Centered Constructions 47

2.5.5 Conclusions 50

3 Experiential Constructions in Classical Latin 52

3.1 Introduction 52

3.2 Experiencer-Centered Constructions 55

3.2.1 The Intransitive Construction: NOMEXP - VINTR 55

3.2.2 The Transitive Construction: NOMEXP-ACCSTIM 65

3.2.3 The NOMEXP-DATStim Construction 75

3.2.4 The NOMEXP - GENSTIM Construction 77

3.2.5 The NOMEXP- PPStim Construction 84

3.2.5.1 AB 86

3.2.5.2 AD 87

3.2.5.3 CUM 88

3.2.5.4 DE 88

3.2.5.5 EX 91

3.2.5.6 IN 92

3.2.5.7 PRO 94

3.2.5.8 Stimuli as Prepositional Phrases: Summary 94

3.3 Stimulus-Centered Constructions 96

3.3.1 The DATEXP - NOMSTIM Construction 96

3.3.2 The 'double dative' Construction 103

3.4 The Abstract Possession Construction in the History of Latin 107

3.5 Summary 114

4 The me pudet Construction 119

4.1 Introduction 119

4.2 A non-centered Construction: General Outline 121

4.2.1 Characterization of the Employment of the Accusative Case 124

4.2.2 Characterization of the Employment of the Genitive Case 128

4.2.3 The pudet-type Argument Structure Construction in Latin: A Quantitative Survey 130

4.3 The pudet-Type Construction in the History of Latin 135

4.3.1 Pudet 135

4.3.1.1 Paradigm and Attested Forms 135

4.3.1.2 The Expression of the Stimulus 138

4.3.1.2.1 Stimuli as Neuter Pronouns 139

4.3.1.2.2 Stimuli as Nouns 141

4.3.1.2.3 Stimuli as Verbs 142

4.3.2 Paenitet 145

4.3.2.1 Paradigm and Attested Forms 147

4.3.2.2 The Expression of the Stimulus 149

4.3.2.2.1 Stimuli as Neuter Pronouns 149

4.3.2.2.2 Stimuli as Nouns 149

4.3.2.2.3 Stimuli as Verbs 152

4.3.3 Miseret 154

4.3.3.1 Paradigm and Attested Forms 154

4.3.3.2 The Expression of the Stimulus 164

4.3.4 Taedet 166

4.3.4.1 Paradigm and Attested Forms 166

4.3.4.2 The Expression of the Stimulus 168

4.3.4.2.1 Stimuli as Nouns 168

4.3.4.2.2 Stimuli as Verbs 170

4.3.5 Piget 170

4.3.5.1 Paradigm and Attested Forms 171

4.3.5.2 The Expression of the Stimulus 173

4.3.5.2.1 Stimuli as Neuter Pronouns 173

4.3.5.2.2 Stimuli as Nouns 173

4.3.5.2.3 Stimuli as Verbs 173

4.3.6 Other Verbs that Originally Realized Cognate Argument Structures 174

4.3.6.1 Veretur 174

4.3.6.2 Fastidit, iuvat, delectat and fallit 181

4.3.6.3 Decet 182

4.3.6.4 Dolet 183

4.3.6.5 Toward a Broader Subsystem of Inactive Syntax in Latin 184

4.4 Summary 187

5 Experiential Constructions in Late Latin and Old Italian: A Corpus-based Investigation into Diachronic Syntax 190

5.1 Semantic and Cognitive Processes in Constructional Diachronic Change 191

5.2 A Survey of Experiential Constructions in Late Latin 197

5.2.1 The Reanalysis of the Reflexive Pronoun: Evidence from Late Latin Experiential Verbs 197

5.2.2 The pudet-type Construction in. Late Latin: Where Has the Minority Pattern Gone? 198

5.2.3 Interim Summary. Frequency and Semanticity of Experiential Constructions in Late Latin 208

5.3 Experiential Constructions in Old Italian 209

5.3.1 NOMEXP - ACCSTIM Experiential Constructions in Old Italian 211

5.3.2 DATEXP - NOMSTIM Experiential Constructions in Old Italian 216

5.3.3 The Development of Latin NOMEXP - DATSTIM and NOMEXP-GENSTIM Experiential Constructions in Old Italian 229

5.3.4 The Intransitive Pronominal NOMEXP - PPSTIM Experiential Construction in Old Italian 233

5.4 Summary 243

6 Conclusion 251

6.1 The Characterization of Experiences and Stimuli: Empirical and Theoretical Results 251

6.2 The Functional Domain of Experience in Classical Latin 253

6.3 Main Trends in the Historical Development 256

6.4 Typological Considerations 258

References 263

Index Locorum 292

Index of Modern Authors 301

Subject Index 306

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