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Indefinites between Latin and Romance

Chiara Gianollo


This work follows the syntactic and semantic development of some indefinite pronouns and determiners between Latin and Romance. The history of elements of the functional lexicon such as Latin quidam ‘a certain’, aliquis ‘some’, nullus ‘no’, nemo ‘no one’, nihil ‘nothing’ allows us to detect which aspects of their meaning and of their form are responsible for the diachronic success of some of them, and for the disappearance of others, and how they are reanalyzed or replaced in the Romance languages. The system of indefinite pronouns and determiners changes profoundly from Latin to Romance, but ... More

Keywords: Latin, Romance, indefinite pronoun, indefinite determiner, syntactic change, semantic change, linguistic variation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198812661
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198812661.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chiara Gianollo, author
Senior Assistant Professor, University of Bologna