Coordination in Latin

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Abstract

The paper means to be a first attempt to an explanation of the anomalies in coordination on the basis of syntactic evidence so as to rule out the possibility of playing down the great significance of the role of syntactic movement.The analysis carried out starts by postulating such an effective structure of coordination that the final order of the terms ‘out of place’ turns out to be justified in one and the same way without compelling the disposal of ‘exceptional’ data as bare stylistic choices, i.e. licenses that writers allow themselves when they decide not to obey syntactic rules. The attempt to belie a kind of approach that resorts to ‘exceptions’ originates from two different reflections. On the one hand, the facts examined are not rare; on the contrary, they are numerous and occur in the works of a great many authors even far away in time from one another. On the other hand, even though an ‘unusual’ linear order were to be taken as due to an ‘effect of style’, this does not stop a syntactic structure from being searched for which can account for it in a frame of reference consistent with what is known about Latin syntax in other respects.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)49-74
Numero di pagine26
RivistaIncontri Linguistici
Volume36
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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