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The Development of Latin Clause Structure: A Study of the Extended Verb Phrase

Lieven Danckaert


The focus of this book is Latin word order, and in particular the relative ordering of direct objects and lexical verbs (OV vs. VO), and auxiliaries and non-finite verbs (VAux vs. AuxV). One aim of the book is to offer a first detailed, corpus-based description of these two word order alternations, with special emphasis on their diachronic development in the period from ca. 200 BC until 600 AD. The corpus data reveal that some received wisdom needs to be reconsidered. For one thing, there is no evidence for any major increase in productivity of the order VO during the eight centuries under inv ... More

Keywords: word order, Classical Latin, Late Latin, configurationality, verb phrase, syntactic change, object placement, modal verb, negation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198759522
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198759522.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lieven Danckaert, author
Researcher, CNRS and University of Lille 3