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The Early Latin Verb System: Archaic Forms in Plautus, Terence, and Beyond

Wolfgang David Cirilo de Melo


Early Latin has archaic futures like faxō ‘I shall do’, archaic subjunctives like faxim I may do’, duim ‘I may give’, or attigās ‘you may touch’, and archaic infinitives like impetrāssere ‘to achieve’. These forms are already quite rare in Plautus; a generation later, in Terence, they are almost non-existent. This study focuses on such forms from a synchronic perspective. It examines their meaning, distribution over clause types, register, and productivity. In order to reach reliable conclusions, the book looks at the usage of ‘regular’ futures, subjunctives, and infinitives in the early perio ... More

Keywords: future tenses, subjunctives, infinitives, morphosyntax, sequence of tenses, prohibitions, reconstruction, diachronic patterns, productivity, register

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199209026
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199209026.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wolfgang David Cirilo de Melo, author
Post-doctoral research fellow at All Souls, University of Oxford